Not only is the eastern black rhino highly endangered, it is also localized in small populations of Kenya and northern Tanzania. Located primarily in fenced sanctuaries, these small populations hold the future of the species. Sanctuaries aim to have rhinos reproduce safely away from poachers, to increase and ultimately to repopulate other areas.
The giant black sable, a magnificent antelope once feared extinct, has been rediscovered. In August 2002, a group of South African and American scientists set out on an expedition to find the giant sable. They recorded five separate sightings but were unable to take any photographs because the animals fled so quickly.
When the Government of Tanzania turned over the Manyara Ranch in April 2001 to a private land trust that AWF and its many collaborators in Tanzania helped establish, the transfer made conservation history.
The first land trust of its kind in east Africa, the Tanzania Land Conservation Trust (TLCT) is a nonprofit institution that seeks to acquire critical wildlife areas. These lands are then managed to protect the needs of local pastoral communities and to preserve the integrity of the landscape for wildlife conservation.
Sadly, we are once again faced with a poaching-related tragedy. This time, however, we are mourning the loss of two of Kenya Wildlife Service's (KWS) rangers who were killed on May 11, 2003 in a valiant effort to protect the wildlife of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya.
Gosiame Neo-Mahupeleng, a native of northern Botswana, joined AWF in December of 2002 and has recently launched a project studying large carnivores in AWF's Kazungula Heartland. His research will focus in Chobe National Park in northeastern Botswana and in the eastern Caprivi area of Namibia. This project was created with the support of the Behrman family who donated funds in memory of Darryl Behrman.