LOS ANGELES, CA--Gorillas--98.6% Human won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Short at the 2009 Annual Maui Film Festival. explore, a multimedia organization that documents leaders around the world who have devoted their lives to extraordinary causes, showcased six short films at the Maui Film Festival. Following on the heels of explore's Guardians of the Sea win in 2008, this is the first time any filmmaker has won two years in a row.
ASPEN, COLORADO--The Aspen Institute held its fifth annual celebration of ideas from June 29 -- July 5 in Aspen, Colorado. Dr. Patrick Bergin, CEO of the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), was among the more than 175 leaders from the fields of arts, science, culture, religion, philosophy, economics and politics featured at the Festival.
SAN DIEGO--Luksor, an emerging iPhone application development company, announced today that it will donate 5 percent of all proceeds from sales of the newly released Safarees Touch 'n Color iPhone applications to the African Wildlife Foundation, the leading international conservation organization focused solely on Africa. Generating funds for conservation will help the African Wildlife Foundation protect endangered and imperiled species such as lions, mountain gorillas and elephants, and safeguard the land these wild animals depend on for survival.
VIRUNGA HEARTLAND, Rwanda--Rwanda named 18 baby mountain gorillas this Saturday at Kwita Izina, an annual naming ceremony created to raise awareness about the plight of the highly endangered mountain gorilla. 103 gorillas have been named since the annual naming ceremony began five years ago.
AWF will conclude its first ever comprehensive capital campaign on June 30, 2009.
Certainly, the challenging financial times we face have made fundraising for AWF's critical conservation efforts more difficult. But AWF knows there is strength in numbers---that if all people who have supported AWF in the past lend a hand now, we will end our effort with success.
We also know that people who care about Africa's incredible wildlife and wonderful wild places possess a passion that prompts them to be loyal, ongoing supporters of our work even in the most difficult of times.