Sawubona! Muraho! Habari! Supa! Muli Shani! Dumela! Mbote!
In any language, Hello! Welcome to AWF’s newest blog, Ask Erin. The above phrases are a few ways of saying ‘HELLO, WORLD!’ in just a few African dialects from some of the countries in which the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) works to conserve and protect the wildlife and wild lands of Africa. The specific dialects are (from right to left) IsiZulu (South Africa), Kinyarwanda (Rwanda), Kiswahili (Tanzania, Kenya), Maa (Kenya, Tanzania), Bemba (Zambia), Tswana (Botswana) and Lingala (Democratic Republic of the Congo).
My name is Erin Keyes and I am the Membership Services Assistant for AWF. This blog will differ from my esteemed blogging brethren as this blog is not about my program work in Africa (although that would be beyond awesome) or about me trekking wildlife through the savannas and rainforests of Africa (again-that would be awesome) but instead, this blog is all about YOU. What are YOUR questions? What wildlife are YOU curious about? What questions regarding the wildlife of Africa or AWF have you always wondered about but never asked? Well, now is the time to ask and don’t be shy in asking: I am a firm believer in the old adage that there is no such thing as a stupid question-there is only information that has not yet been found.
As a member of AWF’s Membership Team for the past five years, I have been asked every kind of wildlife question imaginable-everything from Do hippos swim? to Can cheetahs get chicken pox? As you can imagine, in researching the answers to these questions I have amassed quite a bit of knowledge about African wildlife. I do not claim to know everything but what I do not know, I will find out and share with you. So, if there are any answers to questions about African wildlife that you want to know or have ever wanted to know but were too afraid to ask, Ask Erin.
Heading up AWF’s membership desk for the past eight years, Erin Keyes has amassed quite a bit of knowledge about Africa’s wildlife and unique wild lands. She’s also an expert on AWF’s membership benefits and programs. She started this blog to share what’s she’s learned and to give AWF supporters another forum for asking questions. So, if you have questions about African wildlife, AWF’s work in Africa, or all the ways you can help Africa’s wildlife and unique wild lands endure, now’s your chance – just Ask Erin.
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