We are sitting on the porch at Tawi Lodge
in the Kilimanjaro Heartland
. Mt. Kilimanjaro is smack dab in front of us. The view is brilliant as the mountain stands with magnificent enormity. Tawi Lodge sits right in the middle of Kilitome Conservancy, a conservancy created by AWF and 100 Maasai landowners. Tawi is a luxury eco-camp opened in 2010. It is a lovely, peaceful spot in the dryland, acacia woodlands.
AWF and Tawi signed lease agreements with the landowners over two years ago.
[caption id="attachment_1845" align="aligncenter" width="224" caption="AWF's own Bernard Kissui at a screening of Disneynature's "African Cats""]
As part of the African Wildlife Foundation's philanthropy team, traveling throughout the United States visiting with the supporters who make our work possible is the greatest part of
We are in a small town called Djolu. Never heard of it? I am not surprised. This is a village in the central part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Actually, if you look at a map of Africa, Djolu looks like it is smack dab in the middle of the continent. We arrived here from Kinshasa via plane. There are no regularly scheduled flights to Djolu. We flew the approximate 900 km from Kinshasa to a small town called Basankusu, where the Lopori and Maringa Rivers meet. We have an office in Basankusu; it is a key logistical location as access to our interior projects is via the rivers.
I would like to remind all of our friends and supporters out there who are 70 1/2 years or older that you can once again make a charitable gift directly from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) to AWF thanks to a provision in the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010.
The Act, which was signed into law December 17, 2010, also allows charitable distributions made from an IRA in January 2011 to be declared as 2010 gifts.
A few days after Dr. Patrick Bergin had left, Kaizer and I continued collecting cameras. In between all that, I had the privilege to join Stephen Midzi, the section ranger from Vlakteplaas (the section where we had placed the cameras) to go and look for tusks of an elephant that probably died a while back and was spotted by someone flying over the area. We went to the area and searched for some time until one of the guys found one humongous tusk, probably 188 centimetres long. I waited for everyone to examine it and then tried to pick it up.