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Kwita Izina: Celebrating Mountain Gorilla Births

Mountain gorilla infant and mother in Rwanda. Photo by: Craig R. Sholley

Although some had to wait longer than others, all of the gorilla babies of Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda now have a name.

On Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Volcanoes National Park in Kinigi, Northern Rwanda, the births of 12 baby gorillas and one newly formed family were formally celebrated in the annual naming ceremony known as Kwita Izina.  This year, the event brought in over 5,000 people from the Musanze District of Rwanda, where the ceremony was held, and over 460 international visitors and was themed, “Celebrating Nature, Empowering Communities.”

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AWF Celebrates World Migratory Bird Day

Celebration of World Migratory Bird Day held at Jacaranda Hotel at Lake Elementaita, Nakuru County

Back in May—on the 11th to be precise—I participated in the World Migratory Day celebration on behalf of AWF. Although it’s been some time, I felt I wanted to share all the excitement and activity surrounding this day.

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Amongst the Mountain Gorillas

Amongst the Mountain Gorillas Video by Matt Raimondo

From Kenya's savannah grasslands to the land of a million hills in Uganda, our bus rattles along rough roads taking us to our first destination – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. We are high in the mountains and though our journey is just beginning, I've arrived at what is to be one of the highlights of my trip.

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United States Pledges $10 Million to Combat Wildlife Trafficking in Africa

United States government pledges $10 million to end wildlife trafficking in Africa.

During U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Tanzania, and subsequent press conference, on Monday, he dropped the big announcement that the United States government would be putting efforts, and $10 million, toward combating wildlife trafficking and poaching.

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Rhinos at Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, South Africa

A ranger monitors activity atop a hill at Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park in South Africa. Photo by: Billy Dodson

The rugged hills of Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, located in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa are golden and bright during the winter months, and the short, dry grass sways to the rhythm of a near constant breeze. 

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