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.
Thanks to concerted efforts by many, including the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), the black rhino is no longer on the brink of extinction.
Today, the World Conservation Union (IUCN) estimates that 3,600 black rhinos roam in Africa, 500 more than two years ago. While these numbers may not seem significant, it is important to note that beginning in the 1970s the black rhino population suffered a huge decline from about 65,000 to 2,400 by the mid-1990s.