They can run down antelopes under 100 pounds. Large packs have been known to take zebras and even elands. But African wild dogs are a globally endangered species.
Now the Walt Disney Company Foundation and the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund are supporting an African Wildlife Foundation study that will lead to a better understanding of a "remnant" wild dog population in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania - and will help promote coexistence with local Maasai pastoral communities.
Thanks to concerted conservation efforts, Africa's rhinoceros population continues to increase. There are now an estimated 14,770 rhinos in Africa, up from 13,109 rhinos in 1999.
In recent decades, rhinos have been poached to the point of near extinction. Since 1970, the world rhino population declined by 90 percent.
The only two species found today in Africa are the white or square-lipped rhino and the black rhino.
Nations and conservationists must step up their vigilance against illegal ivory sales and the poaching of elephants in the wake of the Nov. 15 decision by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to allow one-time ivory sales by Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) said today.
Washington, D.C., October 14, 2002 - The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) announced today that a baby mountain gorilla was rescued from poachers by Rwandan authorities on the 4th of October. The baby is being kept under observation by Park authorities. Staff are discussing what next steps need to be taken to hopefully reintroduce the infant into the gorilla population.
Apart from the receptionist and her paraphernalia, the next most conspicuous item at the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF's) reception is their mission statement.
It reads: "The African Wildlife Foundation recognises that the wildlife and the wild lands of Africa have no equal. We work with our supporters world-wide and our partners in Africa - to craft and deliver creative solutions for the long-term well being of Africa's remarkable species, their habitats and the people who depend on them."