The Rothschild's giraffe is the latest charismatic African mammal to be declared "Endangered" by IUCN (the International Union for the Conservation of Nature), adding to the growing number of species under threat of extinction. A recent analysis by Fennessy and Brenneman 2010 indicates that the Rothschild's populations are in peril and the IUCN Red List supports this (http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/174469/0).
Legislation Establishing Fund Expected to Be Signed into Law This September
WASHINGTON, DC--AWF proudly thanks its friends and supporters for their efforts in urging Congress to pass the Multinational Species Conservation Funds Semipostal Stamp Act, HR 1454. This new legislation will ensure elephants, rhinos, tigers, great apes, and marine turtles get the support they need.
New Tourism Initiative Successfully Combines Conservation and Luxury Travel
AWF has learned that the Government of Tanzania is again considering a proposal to construct a road across the Serengeti, one of the most famous National Parks on Earth. By cutting through the northern part of the park, the proposed road would sever a critical corridor for the annual migration of hundreds of thousands of wildebeests and zebra, which has been rightly called one of the 'greatest spectacles on earth'. AWF believes such a road would negatively impact conservation, wildlife and human security, and park revenues.
VIRUNGA HEARTLAND--The African Wildlife Foundation joins Rwanda in celebrating the 14 baby gorillas named at Kwita Izina, Rwanda's annual festival held in honor of the country's highly endangered mountain gorilla population.