The African Wildlife Foundation is elated with the landmark court ruling in which Feisal Mohammed Ali, the godfather of illegal ivory trade was found guilty and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.
Statement from Dr. Patrick Bergin, CEO of the African Wildlife Foundation and member of the U.S. Federal Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking, on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s revised 4(d) rule for the African elephant under the Endangered Species Act, which completes a near-total elephant ivory ban in the United States:
The U.S. State Department has announced a five-year bilateral partnership with Vietnam to combat wildlife trafficking.
Lupita Nyong'o, Sauti Sol and Caroline Mutoko Launch “Poaching Steals From Us All” Campaign in Kenya
In the run up to the world's largest ever ivory bonfire, to be conducted by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) this weekend, popular afro-pop band Sauti Sol and local radio personality Caroline Mutoko launched an anti-poaching “hearts and minds” campaign with Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o.
On 30 April, the Kenyan government, with sponsorship from the African Wildlife Foundation, will destroy 105 tons of ivory and 1 ton of rhino horn to raise national and international awareness on the illegal wildlife trade.
Across the continent, elephant and rhino poaching has increased sharply due to demand for ivory and rhino horn products. More than 20,000 African elephants are killed annually by poachers for their ivory, with rhino poaching steadily increasing from 2007 to 2015.