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What They Think: Talking to the Students at AWF’s Conservation Schools

Hancy, a student at African Wildlife Foundation's Manyara Ranch Conservancy Primary School, an African Conservation School

In Africa, getting access to a good education isn’t so easy if you live in the bush. Meanwhile, these rural areas are where you find the rich habitats and wildlife.

Through the AWF Conservation Schools (ACS) program, AWF has leveraged education as a way to encourage conservation among rural communities: In exchange for target communities agreeing to take certain conservation actions, AWF is building, or rebuilding, primary schools.

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Inspired Submissions to Sun Valley Film Festival

Photographers on African Wildlife Foundation safari

Bears, bees, and wolves.

These are the seemingly dissimilar subjects of the three finalists for the first WILD to INSPIRE Short Film Competition at the Sun Valley Film Festival, sponsored by the African Wildlife Foundation, Sun Valley, and Nat Geo WILD.

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Celebrating Women in Conservation on International Women’s Day

Lilly Ajarova, Executive Director of Chimpanzee Trust Uganda, examining a chimpanzee

International Women’s Day is a global day for celebrating the achievements of women, past, present, and future. It is also a day for highlighting the inequities and challenges which still need to be addressed regarding women’s involvement in all sectors of society. 

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The ABC’s of Elephant DNA

Stephanie Schuttler collecting a small piece of forest elephant dung to be used for DNA extraction.

My previous blogs have brought up how difficult forest elephants are to see, and therefore study. Much of the research on forest elephants has actually been on their dung to obtain information about the elephant.

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In Search of the Western Lowland Gorilla

Colobus monkey in Odzala National Park

Despite twenty-five years in Africa, I’d never had the opportunity to see the western lowland gorilla in the wild. Recently, Wilderness Safaris, the South Africa-based tourism company, developed a new destination in Odzala National Park in the Republic of Congo to enable visitors to see these endangered apes, forest elephants and other unique wildlife characteristic of the Congo basin, and to bring some of the benefits of the responsible tourism industry to the parks and people of this country.

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