The status of Virunga National Park's mountain gorillas remains unknown as rebels continue to occupy the park's gorilla sector
VIRUNGA HEARTLAND, November 16, 2012 -- This past May, the rebel group known as M23 entered the Mikeno Sector of Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC's) Virunga National Park. This sector, also known as the gorilla sector, is home to a number of critically endangered mountain gorillas, including six groups habituated to human presence for tourism and many more unhabituated groups and solitary males. The gorilla sector is situated around the Bunagana border between Uganda and the DRC.
Total world population of endangered species now stands at 880
KAMPALA, Uganda, November 13, 2013 -- Despite conflicts in surrounding regions that potentially threaten mountain gorillas, results from a 2011 census has found that Uganda's mountain gorilla population has grown.
Wildlife Trafficking a 'Global Challenge That Spans Continents and Crosses Oceans,' Says Secretary Clinton
WASHINGTON, November 9, 2012-- In a critical move for African conservation, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced yesterday that the U.S. State Department would add wildlife trafficking to its foreign policy agenda and pursue a four-part strategy to protect wildlife in their environments and dry up the demand for trafficked goods.
WASHINGTON, DC, November 8, 2012 -- African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) applauds Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's decision to add the critical issue of illegal wildlife trafficking to the foreign policy and national security agendas of the Foreign Diplomatic Corps. The announcement was made today at the Partnership Meeting on Wildlife Trafficking at the U.S. Department of State.
Strategies to Deter Crimes, Such as Poaching, Discussed at Judicial Luncheon Convened by African Wildlife Foundation and Kenya Wildlife Service
NAIROBI, Kenya, November 2, 2012 -- Top legal minds came together at a judicial discussion surrounding the need to enforce harsher penalties for wildlife-related crimes. Convened by African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), the comprehensive discussion focused on the successful prosecution of illegal wildlife trafficking, with the goal of effecting more meaningful deterrents. The event was well attended by individuals from top law firms, as well as representatives from state law offices and the judiciary.