In August, Simon Muchatibaya joined AWF as the Technical Advisor in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park. Muchatibaya’s role is the result of a partnership between AWF and the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, demonstrating both parties’ commitment to protecting a World Heritage Site that has been subject to intense poaching. AWF’s Communications staff sat down with Muchatibaya to learn more about his life growing up in Zimbabwe and his extensive conservation background; you can read the conversation below.
As storm clouds loom on the horizon, the global conservation community comes together in Hawaii for the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC). Our planet is at the crossroads. Where will we go from here? Is our chosen development path one that will lead to sustainability, prosperity and inclusive and green growth? Will we find ways to ensure communities are resilient and ecosystems restored?
In 2011, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) declared the Africa's western black rhino extinct. All that remained of it were photographs and stories that begun ‘once upon a time’.
Though they live next to Tanzania’s largest national park, residents in the villages surrounding Ruaha National Park see no benefits from the presence of wildlife, particularly carnivores.
An African safari is an adventure everyone should experience at least once. In order for that to be a possibility for future generations, it’s important for all guests to practice sustainable tourism. Since 1981, AWF partner Thomson Safaris has been a leader in sustainable tourism in Tanzania, with custom-designed camps and eco-friendly amenities that leave little impact on the surrounding land and wildlife.