As the CITES conference ramps up, conservation NGO urges Africans to stand up for their natural heritage and join in the fight to end illegal wildlife trafficking
NAIROBI, Kenya, March 11, 2013 -- As the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP16) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)—the treaty that regulates the global trade of endangered wildlife and plants—enters its second week, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) calls on Africans to make a stand to save their natural heritage. Rampant poaching has ravaged the continent in recent years, and the ramifications of this illegal wildlife trafficking extend far and wide.
PLOS ONE study with largest dataset on forest elephants ever compiled reveals a loss of more than 60 percent in the past decade.
NEW YORK, March 4, 2013 -- African forest elephants are being poached out of existence. A study just published in the online journal PLOS ONE shows that across their range in central Africa, a staggering 62 percent of all forest elephants have been killed for their ivory over the past decade.
As Kenya celebrates Golden Jubilee year, African Wildlife Foundation salutes ongoing stewardship of its wildlife and land resources
NAIROBI, Kenya, February 4, 2013 -- As Kenya celebrates 50 years of independence during its Golden Jubilee year, African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) congratulates the nation on its continued commitment to conservation. Kenya has a long history of protecting and promoting its extraordinary natural heritage, and AWF is pleased to continue partnering with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and local communities to ensure Kenya's wildlife will endure long into the future.
African Wildlife Foundation commends Tanzanian government's decision to withdraw CITES proposal to sell ivory stockpile
NAIROBI, Kenya, January 28, 2013 -- African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) commends the Tanzanian government's recent decision to withdraw its proposal to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to sell some of its ivory stockpile. CITES is the international agreement that regulates the trade of endangered plants and wildlife; more than 176 countries are signatories. Ahead of CITES' 16th Conference of Parties, Tanzania had submitted a proposal to downlist the status of the country's elephants and to allow a one--time sale of more than 100 tons of ivory to China and Japan. The government's decision to withdraw the proposal comes in the midst of an elephant--poaching crisis stemming from a growing demand for ivory primarily in Asia.
Total of 668 poached in South Africa in 2012, exceeding 448 poachings in 2011
NAIROBI, Kenya, January 11, 2013 -- An unprecedented number of rhinos--668 in total--were poached in 2012 in South Africa, according to final numbers released by South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs on Thursday . This is a new poaching high, exceeding 2011's 448. Since the beginning of 2013, five of South Africa's rhinos have already been killed.