According to reports from the Volcanic Observatory of Goma, the Nyamulagira Volcano in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) erupted on May 8, 2004. Continuous lava and ash from the central crater of the volcano are likely to destroy wildlife habitats and impact human and wildlife health in parts of AWF's Virunga Heartland near the eruption site.
The African Wildlife Foundation has been committed to rhino conservation for nearly 20 years. A large portion of funding has gone to support black rhino protection and conservation at Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary in Tsavo East National Park, Kenya.
The most recent support to help protect this endangered species included communication equipment and $15,000. AWF President and CEO Patrick Bergin presented these gifts to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in January.
AWF's 2003 Annual Report, "Conserving Wildlife, Protecting Land, Empowering People," has received the 2004 Gold Award for Special Publications from the Society of National Association Publications (SNAP). The award represents the pinnacle of peer recognition and is the seal of excellence in association publishing. This is the second year in a row that AWF's Annual Report has won the Gold Award.
Recognized for excellence among more than 1,000 entries, the 2003 Annual Report uses stories, testimonials, and breathtaking photographs to convey the importance of AWF's work in Africa.
On April 8, 2004, AWF presented the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) with camping equipment and uniforms worth $74,000 to assist wildlife protection in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. The equipment includes camping tents, tarpaulins, mosquito netting, and other accessories.
A new Visitor Center at Lake Manyara National Park is bringing conservation messages to park guests, thanks to a partnership between AWF, USAID, and Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA). The new center educates visitors about the park's importance as an anchor in the Tanzanian landscape and explains ongoing efforts to conserve the natural resources of the area.
In a festive ceremony set in the dense vegetation of the park, Tanzanian and U.S. dignitaries opened the Visitor Center on April 6, 2004.