AWF's 2003 Annual Report, "Conserving Wildlife, Protecting Land, Empowering People," has received the 2004 Gold Award for Special Publications from the Society of National Association Publications (SNAP). The award represents the pinnacle of peer recognition and is the seal of excellence in association publishing. This is the second year in a row that AWF's Annual Report has won the Gold Award.
Recognized for excellence among more than 1,000 entries, the 2003 Annual Report uses stories, testimonials, and breathtaking photographs to convey the importance of AWF's work in Africa.
On April 8, 2004, AWF presented the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) with camping equipment and uniforms worth $74,000 to assist wildlife protection in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. The equipment includes camping tents, tarpaulins, mosquito netting, and other accessories.
A new Visitor Center at Lake Manyara National Park is bringing conservation messages to park guests, thanks to a partnership between AWF, USAID, and Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA). The new center educates visitors about the park's importance as an anchor in the Tanzanian landscape and explains ongoing efforts to conserve the natural resources of the area.
In a festive ceremony set in the dense vegetation of the park, Tanzanian and U.S. dignitaries opened the Visitor Center on April 6, 2004.
Conservationists now have more resources to study the elephants of the Maasai Steppe and protect their habitat, thanks to an $80,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
You would think elephants would be relatively easy to count. After all, they are the largest terrestrial mammal on earth. But it gets complicated when their range crosses three national boundaries and the elephants are constantly on the move.