More than 40 years have passed since the Convention on International Trades in Endangered Species (CITES) became law. Today, 181 countries and international bodies are treaty members, but despite a worldwide commitment to end poaching of Africa’s iconic, threatened wildlife, many species still face an acute risk of extinction.
“My film is going to be a failure if people aren’t changed,” Louie Psihoyos told AWF staff gathered in a conference room in Washington, DC a few weeks ago. The DC Environmental Film Festival had just come to a close, and the Academy Award-winning director’s newest work, "Racing Extinction," had been the event’s grand finale.
Some of you may remember Thandi, the courageous rhino who survived a poaching attack back in 2012. That poacher’s machete claimed her horn but not her life.
During this holiday season, you can treat your loved ones to gifts that also give back to Africa’s wildlife—or put these items on your own wishlist.
If you haven’t seen our “Tools of the Trade” video, you’re missing out. Action star and activist, Jackie Chan, fights off an arsenal of deadly weapons—the kind of weapons poachers use against our treasured wildlife—as he explains the horror of the wildlife trade.