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The Youngest Victims of Poaching: Orphaned Rhinos at Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park

Eye of an orphaned rhino calf at Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park. Photo by: Billy Dodson

It’s long been my belief that rhino poaching is a painful abstraction for most of us with an interest in African wildlife.  We see the gruesome photographs of de-horned animals on the Internet and read the news clips about the most recent transgressions against these magnificent creatures, but then the cell phone rings or the bills arrive in the mailbox and we mentally shift gears to the next concern.  All this is perfectly natural. 

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The Wildlife and Wild Lands of Kenya

Dawn at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Photo by Olivia Cosby

Is there anything more wonderful than travel? Few experiences provide more lasting memories, and even fewer modify your perceptions more distinctly. Traveling has a way of making the world seem bigger, and smaller, simultaneously.

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Two Kenya Wildlife Service Rangers Killed by Suspected Poachers

Close up of an elephant's tusks, in Kenya. Photo by Billy Dodson

AWF is saddened by the news that suspected poachers killed two of our friends at Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Thursday, July 18.  

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Celebrating the Life of Nelson Mandela

International Nelson Mandela Day

Today, the world celebrates alongside Nelson Mandela as the South African icon turns 95.

Mandela is best known for his work in political activism.  He spent 27 years in prison after being found guilty of sabotage in the Rivonia Trial and was an instrumental part in ending apartheid in South Africa.

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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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