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AWF Newsletter   July 2014
 
 
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AWF Designates World Heritage Site
 
  AWF Helps Designate World Heritage Site

Botswana's Okavango Delta is one of the most diverse ecosystems in sub-Saharan Africa. The delta is a critical wildlife habitat, supporting a diversity of terrestrial and aquatic species, including 71 species of fish, 400 species of birds, and an estimated 200,000 large mammal species, including buffalo, elephants, and black rhinoceros. AWF is celebrating its recognition as the 1,000th World Heritage Site by the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization—particularly as our own program design director, Dr. Karen Ross, was instrumental in its designation. "Only 30 percent of the Okavango Delta had a protected area designation," said Ross, who collaborated with the government of Botswana, local communities, and other stakeholders for years to promote the delta's listing as a World Heritage site. "Given some of the threats it's facing, there clearly needed to be an extra layer of protection." This additional layer can now be achieved through its World Heritage listing, as the site will now be party to international law.

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  Actress Stars in Rhino Campaign

Popular Vietnames–American actress, Maggie Q, has taken up the fight for rhinos. Joining our anti-rhino horn campaign, with partner WildAid, last year, Maggie now stars in a new ad called "Party," which denounces the use of rhino horn. With more than 500 rhinos killed in 2014 in South Africa alone, these demand reduction efforts couldn't come at a more critical time.

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  With your help, AWF is protecting one of man's closest relatives—the endangered bonobo—by equipping scouts in critical bonobo habitats.  
     
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Presidential Council Makes Recommendations on Combating Wildlife Trafficking
 
  Rwanda celebrates the births of 18 infant mountain gorillas, and gorilla conservation, at its annual Kwita Izina naming ceremony

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Great Fish River Rhinos
 
  AWF's mission-based investment company is helping to build a new ecolodge in Ethiopia's Simien Mountains National Park

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Black market ivory
 
  How does illicit elephant ivory get from Africa to the black market in Asia? Our latest infographic shows the journey

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Hyena Swim
 
  A hyena is spotted taking an early-morning dip in a watering hole—and it gets caught on camera

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Fun fact: Hippopotamus
     
  Fun Fact

The hippo makes its own sunscreen in the form of a red, fluid-like secretion that protects the animal's skin against the sun.
 
     
 
 
 
 
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Photo credits: Paul Runze, Kwita Izina, Limalimo Lodge, Brian Adams for WildAid, Martin Harvey, Sharon Haeger