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Our Mission

The African Wildlife Foundation, together with the people of Africa, works to ensure the wildlife and wild lands of Africa will endure forever. 

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Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus
Cyber Tracker technology used by rangers

How Mobile Technology is Changing Conservation

From mobile phones to CyberTrackers, technology is transforming Africa and how we do conservation.

Almost as ubiquitous as the acacia tree on the savanna is the mobile phone in Africa. That tidy assemblage of circuit board and battery in a handheld box has

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Elephant

Elephant
Baby Mountain Gorillas Named at Kwita Izina Ceremony

Baby Mountain Gorillas Named at Kwita Izina Ceremony

At Kwita Izina ceremony, 18 new baby gorillas receive names

Rwandans recently celebrated the birth of 18

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Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros
Featured Projects
Great Fish River Rhino Conservation

More than 75% of the world’s rhino population lives in South Africa.

Black rhinos are classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, with the western black rhinoceros declared officially extinct by the IUCN in 2011. Habitat loss and human encroachment only account for a fraction of the decline...

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Did you know?
All wildebeest populations have declined except those in the Serengeti. 
Reason #3 to get involved

AWF is fostering new and innovative solutions to the problems posed by a rapidly developing Africa which remains home to vulnerable and endangered species.

Reason #21 to get involved

African Wildlife Foundation is devoted entirely to, and ever-present in, African wildlife conservation and sustainable development—recognizing and responding to critical threats in a multifaceted way. Help all of Africa, the wildlife, the communities, and the future.

Reason #50 to get involved

Fewer than 900 mountain gorillas exist today. They live in areas suffering from the effects of civil war, poverty, poaching, and disease. Help fund efforts that include protecting gorilla habitats and keeping peace between locals and wildlife.

Reason #37 to get involved

The Sekute Conservation Area has resulted in increased education and conservation in the region. With your support AWF can create more success stories like this one. 

Reason #11 to get involved

Wildlife corridors allow migratory species, like the wildebeest and zebra, to roam safely. Without intervention, these free spaces are threatened by increasing development and agriculture. 

Reason #85 to get involved

AWF works with a host of partners on issues ranging from climate change to land conservation. Projects like Kolo Hills REDD+ are examples of our continued success working with partners. 

Reason #82 to get involved

Adapting to their recent human neighbors, vervet monkeys steal food and raid crops. As a result, humans mass-poison the monkeys to defend their food sources. Help is needed to establish a buffer zone so both humans and monkeys can coexist.

Reason #53 to get involved

With loss of habitat and prey, carnivores—like cheetahs and wild dogs—are hunting community livestock. As a result, farmers are forced to kill these species. African Wildlife Foundation needs support training scouts and funding bomas to protect livestock as well as negotiating buffer zones for wildlife.

West/Central Africa

West/Central Africa

Zambezi

Zambezi
Ivory path from bush to market infographic

Ivory: From Bush to Market

Ivory taken from an elephant in Africa travels along an elaborate trade chain that spans countries, oceans, and continents—and comprises a network of poachers traffickers, fixers, kingpins, and consumers.

Tackling this multibillion-dollar illegal

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Save Valley

Save Valley
Leopard by Max Chiswick

Catching Up with AWF’s Resident Leopard Expert

Longtime AWF followers might remember Nakedi Maputla, the leopard researcher working out of South Africa’s Kruger National Park. The intrepid South African recently became our Congo landscape ecologist, where he is working to protect bonobos, forest

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Did you know?
Africa will bear the brunt of negative impacts from climate change.
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The Kuku Project

Economic conditions often affect women more harshly. 

Despite its rapid economic development, many of the communities in Kenya face the same financial and empowerment issues familiar to the rest of Africa. These challenges are especially difficult to overcome for women, as there are fewer jobs available to them, and family concerns can often monopolize...

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Limpopo

Limpopo

Fischer's Lovebird

Fischer's Lovebird
Reason #53 to get involved

With loss of habitat and prey, carnivores—like cheetahs and wild dogs—are hunting community livestock. As a result, farmers are forced to kill these species. African Wildlife Foundation needs support training scouts and funding bomas to protect livestock as well as negotiating buffer zones for wildlife.

Reason #50 to get involved

Fewer than 900 mountain gorillas exist today. They live in areas suffering from the effects of civil war, poverty, poaching, and disease. Help fund efforts that include protecting gorilla habitats and keeping peace between locals and wildlife.

Reason #11 to get involved

Wildlife corridors allow migratory species, like the wildebeest and zebra, to roam safely. Without intervention, these free spaces are threatened by increasing development and agriculture. 

Reason #85 to get involved

AWF works with a host of partners on issues ranging from climate change to land conservation. Projects like Kolo Hills REDD+ are examples of our continued success working with partners. 

Reason #82 to get involved

Adapting to their recent human neighbors, vervet monkeys steal food and raid crops. As a result, humans mass-poison the monkeys to defend their food sources. Help is needed to establish a buffer zone so both humans and monkeys can coexist.

Reason #37 to get involved

The Sekute Conservation Area has resulted in increased education and conservation in the region. With your support AWF can create more success stories like this one. 

Reason #21 to get involved

African Wildlife Foundation is devoted entirely to, and ever-present in, African wildlife conservation and sustainable development—recognizing and responding to critical threats in a multifaceted way. Help all of Africa, the wildlife, the communities, and the future.

Virunga

Virunga

Dik-Dik

Dik-Dik
Vultures in a tree in South Africa

Vultures' Value

If there are vultures circling above, there is a good chance you’ll find a fresh animal kill nearby.

Vultures not only provide an indicator for potential predator viewing, but also play an essential part in the ecosystem, keeping the bush free of

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Forest Elephant

Forest Elephant
Giraffe by Rosemary Black

The Economic Impacts of Safari Lodges

I am investigating the social and economic impacts of Ngoma Safari Lodge—one of AWF’s Conservation Lodges located adjacent to Chobe National Park in Botswana on local communities.

The lodge was set up with the assistance of AWF who helped

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Bili Uele

Bili Uele
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Ilima Primary School

In a remote part of rural DRC, AWF is building a different kind of primary school.

When AWF arrived in Ilima, the local school was a ramshackle building that failed to serve the educational needs of its students. Located in a remote part of the forest in northwest DRC, Ilima’s community school rarely attracted the best teachers. Its isolated location...

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Mau Forest

Mau Forest

Waterbuck

Waterbuck
Reason #37 to get involved

The Sekute Conservation Area has resulted in increased education and conservation in the region. With your support AWF can create more success stories like this one. 

Reason #82 to get involved

Adapting to their recent human neighbors, vervet monkeys steal food and raid crops. As a result, humans mass-poison the monkeys to defend their food sources. Help is needed to establish a buffer zone so both humans and monkeys can coexist.

Reason #50 to get involved

Fewer than 900 mountain gorillas exist today. They live in areas suffering from the effects of civil war, poverty, poaching, and disease. Help fund efforts that include protecting gorilla habitats and keeping peace between locals and wildlife.

Reason #85 to get involved

AWF works with a host of partners on issues ranging from climate change to land conservation. Projects like Kolo Hills REDD+ are examples of our continued success working with partners. 

Reason #21 to get involved

African Wildlife Foundation is devoted entirely to, and ever-present in, African wildlife conservation and sustainable development—recognizing and responding to critical threats in a multifaceted way. Help all of Africa, the wildlife, the communities, and the future.

Reason #11 to get involved

Wildlife corridors allow migratory species, like the wildebeest and zebra, to roam safely. Without intervention, these free spaces are threatened by increasing development and agriculture. 

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