I am very sad to announce the passing of Mr. Ozias Kubayi who worked with us on the Leopard Project from November 2010 to May 2011. The time he spent with us, albeit brief was very pleasant and educational. He was passionate about the African wilderness and was very professional in his approach. During my work with him I learned a lot, beyond just survival in the bush, but a whole new perspective on life. With this, my condolences go out to his family.
A photo diary from Becky Walter, an AWF intern in the field. Click on any of the stunning images below to view it in full size.
"Near the end of my stay in the Kazungula Heartland, I went up in a helicopter above Victoria Falls. Having spent a lot of time on foot in the area, it was incredible seeing and making sense of the landscape from above."
A key tool for the conservation of mountain gorillas and their montane habitat is Ranger Based Monitoring (RBM). We are Patrick and Louise, two zoology students from Newcastle University, UK, and we spent two weeks in Rwanda with IGCP experiencing conservation of a critically-endangered species and important habitat through RBM.
RBM is a simple and cost effective method for collecting data, used to monitor ecosystems and help make park management decisions.
I found a donga (the bank of a gully) along the way, which I jumped over and stood on the other side. I was confident that even if this were a super athletic hippo, the Michael Jordan of hippos, it would take him a month to jump across that part of the donga. “This would buy me time to get into AWF’s research vehicle,” I thought. Indeed, when the hippo finally caught up with me, there was a donga separating us.
The air is electric with anticipation. Dozens of eyes fix intensely on a single target. The crowd hushes. Suddenly, a pack of African wild dogs charge forth from their den, barking and yelping as they begin feasting on the meal laid before them.
This exciting sight was witnessed, not by safari goers in Africa, but by zoo-goers just 14 miles from downtown Chicago. On July 23, more than 900 members of the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)
helped celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary with a day at the Brookfield Zoo.