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African Wildlife Foundation's mission is to ensure wildlife and wild lands thrive in modern Africa.

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Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus
Photo of a lone adult mountain gorilla in the Virunga mountains landscape

Striving toward a secure future for great apes in Africa

 

The story of mountain gorillas in recent history is one of violence and turmoil, but also hope and fragile recovery. Through poaching, civil war and genocide, large-scale habitat loss, disease, and hunting for the pet trade, the mountain gorilla hung on. Then,

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Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros
AWF Emphasizes African Leadership at Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference

AWF Emphasizes African Leadership at Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference

“Evidence from our work shows that we can win this war.” — AWF President Kaddu Sebunya

The African

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Investment in Africa

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Investment in Africa
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Simien Mountains Cultural Tourism

Communities need help balancing their needs and the needs of their environment.

Ethiopia’s highlands are among the most densely populated agricultural areas in Africa. Agriculture is the major source of livelihood for communities living here, but shifting cultivation, overgrazing and agricultural expansion are putting serious strain on the surrounding...

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Elephant

Elephant
Reason #74 to get involved

Our canine detection units are helping authorities detect even the smallest dustings of illegal wildlife products to stop wildlife traffickers in their steps.

Reason #74 to get involved

Our canine detection units are helping authorities detect even the smallest dustings of illegal wildlife products to stop wildlife traffickers in their steps.

Reason #74 to get involved

Our canine detection units are helping authorities detect even the smallest dustings of illegal wildlife products to stop wildlife traffickers in their steps.

Primary Education

Primary Education

Ethiopian Wolf

Ethiopian Wolf
Photo of baby mountain gorilla with mother in forested habitat in the Virunga mountains

Kwita Izina celebrates hope for Rwanda’s mountain gorillas and people

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With fewer than 300 mountain gorillas remaining in the 1980s, the birth of a baby was a huge victory for the rangers and conservation experts dedicated to protecting this critically endangered great ape in its

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West/Central Africa

West/Central Africa
Photo of a small herd of African elephants in open savanna grassland landscape in East Africa

Elephants are the pillars of Africa’s ecosystems and they need our support

   

As the largest of all land mammals, African elephants play an important role in balancing natural ecosystems. They trample forests and dense grasslands, making room for smaller species to co-exist. Elephants also create water holes used by other wildlife as

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Climate Change

Climate Change
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Campo Ma’an Anti-Poaching Patrols

Untapped tourism potential

With its accessibility to Cameroon’s capital city, as well as its proximity to white-sand beaches, Campo Ma’an National Park is ripe with tourism potential. This forested park boasts a variety of species, including the forest elephant, pangolin and leopard. It is also among the few places in Africa where gorillas and...

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Simien Mountains

Simien Mountains

Your gift doubled to raise a million

Your gift doubled to raise a million
Reason #74 to get involved

Our canine detection units are helping authorities detect even the smallest dustings of illegal wildlife products to stop wildlife traffickers in their steps.

Reason #74 to get involved

Our canine detection units are helping authorities detect even the smallest dustings of illegal wildlife products to stop wildlife traffickers in their steps.

West African Giraffe

West African Giraffe

Forest Elephant

Forest Elephant
Aerial photo of agricultural plantations in Kilombero Valley, Southern Tanzania

Southern Tanzania shines as a model for green growth

                                      

With the planet’s human population projected to reach 9 billion by 2050, the demand for arable land to produce food, fuel and fiber is on the rise. Many look to Africa to meet this demand, viewing the continent as replete

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Dja

Dja
Photo of herd of African elephants in dusty savannah landscape

How to win the fight to save Africa's elephants and rhinos

   

Where previously poachers were subsistence or small-scale operators, now, organized groups engage in ruthless killing sprees. Poaching in Africa today involves militias, crime networks, and even terrorist groups motivated by the demand for ivory and rhino horn

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Hedgehog

Hedgehog
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Canine Detection Unit

Wildlife trafficking keeps the poaching industry alive.Motivated by a lucrative illegal wildlife trade, poachers target Africa’s iconic species like the elephant and rhino through well-funded, highly trained, and increasingly sophisticated criminal syndicates. The poaching of rhinos has increased nearly 3,000 percent since 2007 as growing markets seek out...

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Fischer's Lovebird

Fischer's Lovebird

Bili Uele

Bili Uele
Reason #74 to get involved

Our canine detection units are helping authorities detect even the smallest dustings of illegal wildlife products to stop wildlife traffickers in their steps.

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