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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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For the Love of Coffee: Kenyan Fair Trade Coffee

  • 06/25/13
  • Leslie Funk

Photo of Lake Nakuru, located in the rift valley of Kenya. Photo by: Leslie Funk

It seems like we had been traveling for days on bumpy roads, so it was a relief to be on the smooth, paved road from Nairobi toward Nakuru and the Great Rift Valley. We passed many sights; small villages selling fruit and other products and fields of arrowroot, tea and Eucalyptus crops.Then we came upon green fields along the sides of the road that caught my eye… coffee.

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Nature's Best Photography Awards

African Wildlife Foundation VP, Craig Sholley, presenting the "African Wildlife" photography award to  Ben Cranke. Photo by: Mayu Mishina

On Friday, June 7, AWF had the pleasure of attending the Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Awards Reception at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. The reception was held to honor the 2012 winners of the renowned photography competition, and we presented an award for our sponsored category, which is the “African Wildlife” category—naturally.

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Protecting Rhinos at Great Fish Nature Reserve

Wildlife ranger with walkie talkie in South Africa's Great Fish River Nature Conservancy. Photo by: Billy Dodson

It’s impossible for those of us who are passionate about wildlife not to get a little discouraged these days with the almost daily news stories about rhino poaching.  The wanton destroyers of these extraordinary animals are now high tech, and they’ve developed complex networks and systems to optimize the efficiency of their insidious operations. 

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