It's a… Rhino!


AWF celebrated a new arrival recently, with the birth of a white rhino in Zambia's Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Less than three years ago, poachers had killed all but one of Zambia's rhinos so this is a major conservation milestone. AWF knows there's far more that needs to be done to combat the horrific rhino poaching epidemic that is plaguing Africa and that is why AWF has convened a high-level rhino summit this week—of wildlife authorities, NGOs, private reserves, and other important conservation players—to develop a comprehensive solution to the rhino crisis. We look forward to sharing outcomes from the summit soon.

Annual Report: Big Achievements, New Ideas

After 50 years of conservation work in Africa, what's in store for AWF as we look to the future? Our 2011 Annual Report considers Africa's conservation challenges, from rising human populations to rhino poaching, and offers fresh new ideas for how we can continue to make an impact in the future, such as mission-related investing and participatory land-use planning. The report also examines AWF's considerable achievements from the past year. Between 2010 and 2011, AWF put 1 million additional acres of land under improved conservation management and dispersed more than $1 million in financial benefits to communities.

// Learn more about the rhino birth

// Read the Annual Report

Counting Carnivores

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Staff from our Kilimanjaro and Maasai Steppe Heartlands recently assisted Kenyan and Tanzanian wildlife authorities in the region's first transboundary large carnivore census. Various methods were used to identify lions, leopards, hyenas, wild dogs, and other predators, including the use of call stations (where a species' call is played to attract individuals), predation incidence data, and camera traps. Carnivore populations are declining rapidly due to human–wildlife conflict; establishing accurate numbers and distribution allows AWF to design an appropriate conservation strategy.

A river restocking ceremony last month saw the release of more than 50,000 fingerlings from Inyambo Integrated Fish Farm, an AWF conservation enterprise in southern Zambia, into the Zambezi River. The ceremony was a major step forward in repopulating the overfished Zambezi, but also an indication of how productive the fishery has been since construction last year. In addition to providing a food and livelihood source for locals, the fish farm has raised awareness about river conservation.

Lack of access to credit is often cited as an obstacle to poverty reduction. So it makes sense that AWF, through its conservation work with pastoralist communities in East Africa, has provided support for a community microfinance facility in Kenya. AWF helped develop a business plan, trained members, and provided a computer to the Nasaroni Village Bank. Through our efforts, the bank has grown from just a few hundred members to more than 800—of whom 75 percent are women!

What have you done for Mother Earth lately? April 22 is Earth Day, a perfect time to express your commitment to conservation and to saving this planet's remarkable creatures—from Africa's critically endangered mountain gorilla to the vulnerable cheetah—and the diverse ecosystems in which they live. Your support this month will allow us to invest more resources into anti-poaching efforts, conservation enterprise projects that incentivize locals to save lands, field work that goes directly into understanding and saving species, and more!

// Learn how we're saving carnivore populations

// Watch a video about Inyambo

// See another AWF project from the same area

// Celebrate Earth; donate today!

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Annual Report

Read AWF's 2011 Annual Report in English or French!

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© Photo Credits: Jones Masonde, Ian Guthrie, Craig Sholley, Becky Walter, AWF