In response to Tuesday's (9/11/01) tragic events, The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) would like to express our sincere sorrow and sympathy to all those affected by the terrorist bombings. Our prayers and our thoughts are with you.
We also would like to share with you some of the beautiful comments that our African staff members are sharing with our Washington D.C. office during this difficult time.
R. Michael Wright, President / CEO
PBS is hosting a television series titled "Africa". Airing on September 9 - October 28, 2001 Sundays at 8pm ET (check local listings).
If you have ever wondered what it's like to live on the vast Serengeti plains, or experience the intense beauty of a Sahara night, AFRICA will take you there. A joint venture between Thirteen/WNET New York's NATURE and National Geographic Television, AFRICA is an eight-part series, shot in widescreen, super 16mm format, that takes viewers on a kaleidoscopic adventure across Africa's major regions and into the homes of the people who live there.
The following story was written by Will Dunham and ran in the August 23, 2001, issue of Reuters.
Elephants dwelling in Africa's lush tropical rain forests are genetically distinct from the better-known elephants that roam the continent's grasslands and merit being classified as a separate species, scientists said on Thursday.
The black rhino is critically endangered primarily due to poaching along with inadequate protection in the field. The largest population of the eastern black rhino is found in Kenya and the second largest at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) in Tanzania. The population at NCA is now 15 after experiencing recent declines for reasons other than poaching. Some of the rhinos at NCA are ranging outside the crater and there is a need to strengthen the monitoring and protection efforts to cover these new areas.
Another endangered mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) has lost its life, caught in the crossfire in the Virungas.
During the past two months, there has been an increase in fighting between the military of the rebel forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda with militia groups in eastern DRC. Much of the fighting is taking place in the forested Virunga volcanoes, home of the mountain gorillas. Only 350 gorillas can be found in the Virunga Volcanoes, and these endangered animals are coming under increased threat from the fighting.