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AWF Newsletter   May 2015
 
 
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We're Sniffing Out Wildlife Crime
 
  A Poacher's New Worst Enemy

Africa's elephants and rhinos are being targeted by increasingly well-funded, sophisticated poachers who will stop at nothing to profit from the deaths of these vanishing species. To combat poaching and keep traffickers from transporting wildlife contraband, AWF launched the Canine Conservation Program. The program's highly trained detection dogs and their handlers can locate even the smallest amounts of ivory and rhino horn dust; they boast a 90 percent accuracy rate. AWF is working to deploy additional canine detection units to key trafficking hubs, cuting off the flow of illegal wildlife products from the African continent.

> Learn how the program stops traffickers in their tracks
 
 
 
 
  China Stands Up for Elephants

On Thursday, the Chinese government held a conference at Beijing Capital International Airport to launch an initiative educating Chinese citizens traveling abroad on the perils of purchasing ivory to bring back to the mainland. In conjunction with the event, AWF and its conservation partners announced our newest Ivory Free ambassador, world-famous concert pianist Lang Lang.

> Watch Lang Lang's video
 
 
 
     
  With a small monthly gift, you can help us deploy more Canine Detection Units to stop traffickers from profiting from their bloody contraband.  
     
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African-led Strategy to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade
 
  In a momentous move for Africa's wildlife, Republic of Congo sets fire to 5 tons of confiscated illegal ivory

> Find out what this means for conservation
 
 
 
A New Beginning
 
  Uniting education, community and conservation, AWF's newest conservation school in rural DRC is protecting the critically endangered bonobo

> Hear from our schools' director
 
 
 
Simien Mountains Cultural Tourism
 
  AWF is optimizing community-based tourism to help local people generate revenue and protect Ethiopia's Simien Mountains National Park

> Learn how tourism is protecting the park
 
 
 
Conclusions from AWF's Dja Trek
 
  AWF's scientists conduct the first-ever south to north trek through Cameroon's Dja Faunal Reserve to find unexpected results

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