How will climate change likely affect the montane forests that are home to the highly endangered mountain gorilla? Experts gathering in Rwanda are exploring that question with the aim of developing conservation measures that will ensure the survival of Africa's gentle giant. Copyright Craig R. Sholley
WASHINGTON, DC--Take your photographs on a journey from Africa to the walls of the Smithsonian! AWF is now sponsoring a new African Wildlife category in the prestigious Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards competition.
Every year the annual competition celebrates the beauty and diversity of nature through the art of photography. Winners of 19 separate categories will be featured in a large format, 6-month print exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. A, AWF
KIGALI, RWANDA--The critically endangered mountain gorilla's current status is to be revealed through a census to determine its population size in the Virunga Volcanoes area that straddles the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda in Eastern and Central Africa. The Virunga Volcanoes is one of only two locations where mountain gorillas live, whose total numbers are currently estimated at 680 individuals. Though the area is now relatively calm, recent conflict in the Mikeno sector of Virunga National Park in the DRC has left the gorillas there vulnerable.
MAASAI STEPPE HEARLTAND, TANZANIA--The Government of Tanzania aims for all districts, including villages, to have their own land-use plans by 2010. However, as of 2009, only about a tenth of all villages have such plans in place.
How are local communities in Tanzania as well as in other countries with similar goals going to put such plans in place to protect one of their most valuable global assets -- wildlife and its habitat?
Expansion Marks the 10-Year Anniversary of the Heartland Program
Nairobi, Kenya -- Ten years after unveiling its Heartland Program, African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has designated its first Heartland in West Africa, expanding to a region whose conservation landscapes have historically received less support than in other parts of Africa.