President Kagame, wildlife authorities, conservation groups, and residents of Rwanda came together on Saturday for the naming of 30 endangered mountain gorilla babies (Gorilla beringei beringei). There are only 700 mountain gorillas surviving in the world, and 380 of them are in Rwanda. For Rwanda and its people, conservation of mountain gorillas is more than simply preserving one of the world's last great ape species. The gorillas are the country's main tourist attraction and have become perhaps the country's greatest icon.
WASHINGTON & NAIROBI; June 23, 2005 Building on its ongoing global coffee sustainability commitment in coffee farms and cooperatives throughout the world, Starbucks Coffee Company (Nasdaq: SBUX) and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) today announced the launch of the "Coffee for Conservation" project, which is aimed at promoting coffee quality, environmental sustainability and natural resource conservation in east Africa.
AWF strongly believes that Africans are the ideal stewards of the continent's natural resources and that's why more than 80 percent of AWF's staff are African. But, AWF believes that simply hiring Africans is not enough. In order to empower Africans to help the wildlife and wild lands survive, AWF invests many resources in training and educating future conservationists. Naturally, this includes helping individuals pursue advanced degrees in conservation-related fields. It also includes investing in individuals who have shown a keen interest in helping to conserve Africa's wildlife.
(Nairobi, Kenya) The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) today announced an important milestone in the race to save habitat for wildlife in this east African country renowned for its elephants, lion and other large wildlife. Kenya's Minister for Housing and Lands has granted incorporation to a new national body which will allow land to be privately held for conservation, thus supplementing the traditional government parks and reserves.
Zimbabwe, one of Africa's most beautiful countries and with a rich wildlife heritage, is presently struggling from the combined effects of a drought, economic problems and political uncertainty. This is putting enormous stress on wildlife, parks and people alike. At the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), we have long observed that the well-being of wildlife and people go hand in hand in Africa. When one suffers, so will the other.