Reports of mass deforestation in the Southern Sector of the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), habitat of the endangered mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei), were confirmed in June of this year. As a result of extensive habitat destruction and land conversion by people accompanied by Rwandan military personnel, a total of 15 km2 of natural habitat, including bamboo forest and mixed-forest (which forms the diet of mountain gorillas), was cleared for conversion to pastoral and agricultural land.
In the heart of Tanzania, an innovative and ambitious conservation business venture is built on a simple premise - women are the key to wildlife conservation. Indeed, at the Esilalei Women's Cultural Boma in AWF's Maasai Steppe Heartland, Maasai women are leading the charge for conservation and building their own economic and social capacity through this modern cultural tourism enterprise.
On August 4th, 2004, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) celebrated the official opening of the Lion Rock Tented Camp, a spectacular 24-bed luxury ecolodge located in the Taita Taveta district of Southern Kenya, close to AWF's Kilimanjaro Heartland.
What Makes this Ecolodge So Unique?
The Lion Rock Tented Camp is part of the Lumo Community Wildlife Sanctuary (which neighbors the populous Tsavo West National Park), and part of the wider Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem and both popular international tourist destinations.
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is proud to welcome Sir Ketumile Masire, Former President of the Republic of Botswana, as its newest Board of Trustees member. Masire is regarded throughout Africa as an outstanding democratic leader, known for his honor and promotion of good governance. As the Chair of the African Leadership Council his work emphasizes constitutionalism, the rule of law, ethics, accountability, diversity, good fiscal management and much more.
Running wild' took on a whole new meaning June 26th 2004 as 500 runners from 19 countries competed in the 5th annual Safaricom marathon. The marathon did not wind through city streets lined with skyscrapers, but instead the course weaved through the golden plains of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, a teeming game reserve set against the backdrop of Mt. Kenya.