Even as it urges the U.S. government and lion range countries to do more to protect the African lion, African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) welcomes the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS’s) proposal to list Africa’s largest cat as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to tighten regulations around the importation of lion trophies resulting from legal sport hunts in Africa.
As news broke of the U.S. government’s indictment of Dawie and Janneman Groenewald, two South African brothers charged with allegedly operating a rhino horn trafficking syndicate, African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) CEO and member of the President’s Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking, Dr. Patrick Bergin, released this statement:
At a meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking at the U.S. Department of Interior on Friday, African Wildlife Foundation's (AWF's) Director of the African Apes Initiative, Jef Dupain, testified before council members and the general public on the growing threat of great ape trafficking and the impact this illicit industry poses to wild populations of bonobos, chimpanzees and gorillas in Africa.
Africa’s forests are diverse, host exceptional biodiversity, and are particularly important for communities, providing essential safety nets in times of hardships. Timber and non-timber forest products are an integral part of rural life and provide a substantial role in household economies across the continent.
Forests have direct and indirect value and benefits for people, society and wildlife:
African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) joins former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton, several African heads of state and a number of conservation groups to once again draw attention to Africa’s elephant crisis.