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Spotlight: Dave Loubser AWF's Program Director for Climate Change

AWF's director for climate change, Dave Loubser visiting Rungwe Avocado Company in Tanzania. Photo by Andrea Athanas

‘Climate Change Needs to be Included in Everything We Do’

Ask Zambian-born Dave Loubser about climate change, and he’ll have a lot to tell you. And well he should: As AWF’s new program director for climate change, Loubser is a trained ecologist who has more than 12 years of experience working on climate change issues, in South Africa, New Zealand, Abu Dhabi, and elsewhere. Here is just some of what he had to say about climate change in Africa.

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Wild Dogs Return to Manyara Ranch

African wild dogs at Manyara Ranch Conservancy. Photo by Tom Schovsbo

What's the fuss about wild dogs? Well, it is quite a big deal. Wild dogs are endangered, almost disappearing from Tanzania's northern parks. It is easier to find a leopard, cheetah and lion on the same day than a wild dog. These “painted” dogs, roam far and wide covering great distances - here today but gone tomorrow, not to be seen again for months or years.

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Looping Locals in to Ecological Efforts

Bonobo in the Congo. Photo by Craig Sholley

For the first time, everyday Congolese are taking an active role in the conservation of their country’s bonobos. In the Congo landscape, AWF has trained 50 people from the Congolese wildlife authority, Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature  (ICCN), and the local community to use CyberTracker technology units to conduct ecological monitoring in the Lomako–Yokokala Faunal Reserve.

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Partners Not Poachers—Putting Community At The Heart Of Conservation In Rwanda

Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge in the Virunga masif in Rwanda © Governors Camp Collection

On the craggy slopes of Mount Sabyinyo in northwest Rwanda, eight spacious, stone cottages look out over the dramatic mist-wreathed scenery of the Virunga massif. Open fires crackle in the cottage hearths as private butlers attend to their well-heeled guests; tourists who have come from far flung places to track the mountain gorillas resident in the nearby Volcanoes National Park.

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Africa Yoga Project

Yoga teacher and AWF employee Amy Rizzotto leads an outdoor class to raise funds for Africa Yoga Project

Ten years ago I began my personal practice of yoga; seven years ago I traveled to Africa for the first time; and two years ago I first learned about Africa Yoga Project (AYP) while looking for a way to connect my love for yoga with my passion for Africa. Over the past decade my yoga practice deepened and I got to a point where I felt it was time for me to share the gifts yoga has given my mind and body with others.

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