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Congolese Government Suspends Oil Exploration in Virunga National Park

  • 03/17/11

Government Issues Open Letter to AWF and Four Other Major Conservation Organizations

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo--Today in Kinshasa, the Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism, Mr Jos E.B. Endundo, announced the issue of an open letter to the worldwide conservation community clarifying the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo's position on the published intentions of a British oil company, SOCO International, to undertake oil exploration activities in Virunga National Park, a designated World Heritage Site.

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Worldwide Opposition to Serengeti Road Has Yet to Sway Tanzanian Government

  • 03/15/11

Call to Save the Serengeti May Still Be Heard, But Time Is Running Out

What began with science-based opposition by AWF and other conservation groups has grown into a grassroots movement playing out across social media outlets and echoed by global influencers such as the World Bank, UNESCO, and most recently, the Government of Germany.

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AWF Mourns the Passing of Longtime Friend and Partner, Jean Pierre von der Becke

  • 03/02/11

VIRUNGA HEARTLAND March 2, 2011 -- The African Wildlife Foundation sadly mourns the passing of another longtime AWF friend and partner, Jean Pierre von der Becke. A Belgian conservationist, von der Becke was the first Director of the AWF-headed Mountain Gorilla Project, an outgrowth of Dian Fossey's groundbreaking mountain gorilla research and the predecessor of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP).

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AWF Pays Tribute to AWF Founder Nick Arundel

  • 02/11/11
  • Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, DC, February 11, 2011 -- African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) extends our deepest sympathies and well wishes to the family of AWF co-founder Nick Arundel, who died on February 8. Arundel with environmental leader Russell Train and a small group of other visionaries founded AWF (originally calling it the African Wildlife Leadership Foundation) in 1961, at a time when many African countries were gaining independence, with the aim of building Africa's capacity to steward its own natural resources.

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Deadly Attack on Ranger Patrol in DRC's Virunga National Park Leaves Eight Dead

  • 01/25/11

AWF Joins Conservation Partners in Extending Deepest Condolences to the ICCN Family

Democratic Republic of the Congo--African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has confirmed that yesterday three rangers and five soldiers were killed during an attack on their patrol vehicle in a sector of Virunga National Park within the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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