More than 40 years have passed since the Convention on International Trades in Endangered Species (CITES) became law. Today, 181 countries and international bodies are treaty members, but despite a worldwide commitment to end poaching of Africa’s iconic, threatened wildlife, many species still face an acute risk of extinction.
In February, an Ethiopian friend and I did an 11-days hike in the Simien Mountains, the UNESCO-listed national park in the north of Ethiopia. We photographed the breathtaking views and documented the hard-working locals to come up with material for "Simiens," the first-ever photography book about the Simien Mountains.
One of the great benefits of being a frequent visitor to the East African game reserves is the opportunity to recognize and become acquainted with specific animals.
I always have a nervous sense of anticipation when I plan a trip to the interior of the Democratic Republic of Congo—more so than any other field trip for AWF. I love going to the Congo to visit our programs and field staff. The area is so remote, so rural and so unusual. DRC trips are always an adventure.
Happy Earth Day! On this 45th anniversary of the international day to celebrate our wonderful planet, many people across the globe find themselves oscillating between feelings of grave concern and marked optimism.