Thanks to concerted conservation efforts, Africa's rhinoceros population continues to increase. There are now an estimated 14,770 rhinos in Africa, up from 13,109 rhinos in 1999.
In recent decades, rhinos have been poached to the point of near extinction. Since 1970, the world rhino population declined by 90 percent.
The only two species found today in Africa are the white or square-lipped rhino and the black rhino.
Nations and conservationists must step up their vigilance against illegal ivory sales and the poaching of elephants in the wake of the Nov. 15 decision by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to allow one-time ivory sales by Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) said today.
Washington, D.C., October 14, 2002 - The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) announced today that a baby mountain gorilla was rescued from poachers by Rwandan authorities on the 4th of October. The baby is being kept under observation by Park authorities. Staff are discussing what next steps need to be taken to hopefully reintroduce the infant into the gorilla population.
Apart from the receptionist and her paraphernalia, the next most conspicuous item at the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF's) reception is their mission statement.
It reads: "The African Wildlife Foundation recognises that the wildlife and the wild lands of Africa have no equal. We work with our supporters world-wide and our partners in Africa - to craft and deliver creative solutions for the long-term well being of Africa's remarkable species, their habitats and the people who depend on them."
WASHINGTON Annette Lanjouw, director of the International Gorilla Conservation Program, received the first National Geographic Society/Buffett Award for Leadership in African Conservation. Lorivi Ole Moirana was also chosen for his successful conservation efforts in Africa.
Lanjouw is internationally recognized as a leading authority on the mountain gorilla. She has been instrumental in focusing attention on the gorilla's plight and in raising funds to ensure its survival. The focus of Lanjouw's work is conservation of the forest ecosystem that is the mountain gorilla's habitat.