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Meet Leslie Wainger: Serengeti Safari Sweepstakes Winner

AWF safari sweepstakes winner Leslie Wainger with a sloth

Hello, fellow AWF members and wildlife enthusiasts. I want to start by thanking you for reading along with me as I blog about the amazing trip I’ll be taking thanks to AWF’s generosity and the kind of luck that strikes once in a lifetime (if it strikes at all).

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Sam Delves into Kenyan Culture

Maasai men

So we have now left the direct training part of the program and are now in what I think of as the go-around-asking-people-for-interesting-things-to-do phase.

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Sam Takes a Death Defying Ride

A boat ride in DRC

A Boat Ride Into the Congo

At the moment we are deep in the Nairobi Headquarters section of the project; we have almost another month here yet. Our work is an eclectic mix of different aspects of different projects, from having sessions with different people and having the chance to seek out particular activities that we want to work on.

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Discussing Great Apes and Wildlife Crime at ABCG-WWF Event

Great ape wildlife trade​​

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending the African Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG) brown bag meeting on the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF’s) African Great Apes Program—you can see that we love acronyms in conservation—on AWF’s behalf.

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Wildlife Conservation Expo 2012

AWF at the Wildlife Conservation Network

Last month, I had the privilege of representing AWF for the second time at the annual Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) Expo at the Mission Bay Conference Center of UCSF. Each year, the event features around 20 of the world’s greatest wildlife conservationists who, over the course of the day, share their experiences working to protect the world’s most endangered animals.

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