African lions and their continued survival are among today's major international conservation issues. Scientists believe lion populations have declined from a high of 100,000 two decades ago to just 23,000. AWF's Bernard Kissui is pursuing research critical to a key population of lions in Northern Tanzania's Maasai Steppe.
(Washington, D.C.) Just as the mountain gorilla population was making a comeback with the arrival of twins in May 2004, the species has experienced a setback. In late December 2004, a young mountain gorilla was confiscated from four poachers by Rwandan police and the Rwandan Office of Tourism and Parks (ORTPN), during an undercover operation to intercept an illegal poaching incident. The young gorilla, estimated to be between 3 and 4 years of age, appears to be in relatively good physical health, though the odds of survival are unfavorable.
Saturday August 20 - Tuesday August 30, 2005
Safari includes special briefings by AWF Conservation Program staff.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT CRAIG SHOLLEY AT CSHOLLEY@AWF.ORG or 1-888-4-WILDLIFE
To Arrive August 20
TRAVELING TO NAIROBI, Kenya
Banhine National Park, known for its wetlands, used to be home to notable herbivores, including buffalo, sable, tsetsebe, hartebeest, zebra, and wildebeest. Sadly, those populations were decimated in the civil wars of the 1980s and early 1990s. Today, Banhine National Park is still home to the endangered wattled cranes, a host of migratory birds, and several large herbivores.
Bangkok, Thailand, 17 November 2004 (IUCN and The World Conservation Union).
A total of 15,589 species face extinction, reveals the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. One in three amphibians and almost half of all freshwater turtles are threatened, on top of the one in eight birds and one in four mammals known to be in jeopardy.