African Wildlife Foundation commends Tanzanian government's decision to withdraw CITES proposal to sell ivory stockpile
NAIROBI, Kenya, January 28, 2013 -- African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) commends the Tanzanian government's recent decision to withdraw its proposal to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to sell some of its ivory stockpile. CITES is the international agreement that regulates the trade of endangered plants and wildlife; more than 176 countries are signatories. Ahead of CITES' 16th Conference of Parties, Tanzania had submitted a proposal to downlist the status of the country's elephants and to allow a one--time sale of more than 100 tons of ivory to China and Japan. The government's decision to withdraw the proposal comes in the midst of an elephant--poaching crisis stemming from a growing demand for ivory primarily in Asia.
Total of 668 poached in South Africa in 2012, exceeding 448 poachings in 2011
NAIROBI, Kenya, January 11, 2013 -- An unprecedented number of rhinos--668 in total--were poached in 2012 in South Africa, according to final numbers released by South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs on Thursday . This is a new poaching high, exceeding 2011's 448. Since the beginning of 2013, five of South Africa's rhinos have already been killed.
WASHINGTON, DC, December, 19 2012 -- African Wildlife Foundation is pleased to announce that it has, for the third time, been selected as a three--year, 10 percent GiveBack partner by Endangered Species Chocolate (ESC).
African Wildlife Foundation calls attention to the seriousness of poaching as high quantity of ammunition is seized during anti-poaching operations
NAIROBI, Kenya, December 21, 2012 -- Over the past several years the crimes against Africa's wildlife have been running rampant. Both rhino and elephant populations are dwindling as poachers target them for their ivory and horns that are sold on the black market at exorbitant prices.
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.