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

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Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros
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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Elephant

Elephant
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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Your gift doubled to raise a million

Your gift doubled to raise a million
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Bale Mountain Lodge

Endemic species are under threat.

Bale Mountains National Park, part of Ethiopia’s signature highlands, is home to species found in no other country on Earth, like the gelada baboon and Ethiopian wolf. Yet local communities rely on natural resources for their livelihoods, and encroachment from agriculture, grazing and settlement is shrinking the...

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Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus
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.

Investment in Africa

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Investment in Africa

Primary Education

Primary Education
Photo of African wild dog in Southern Africa

Protecting the carnivores of Africa’s wild lands

          

Not only are carnivores critical to the long-term viability of ecosystems, their presence is also a strong indicator of healthy prey populations. As they face a combination of threats — retaliatory killings by livestock

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Etosha-Skeleton Coast

Etosha-Skeleton Coast
Photo of elephant family drinking water a small water hole in the savanna

Water scarcity threatens Africa's people, wildlife, and wild lands

   

As global weather patterns continue to shift and human population growth rates rise, water scarcity is fast becoming one of this century’s most complex challenges. More than 4 billion people across the world face severe water scarcity due to the withdrawal of

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West/Central Africa

West/Central Africa
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Ilima Conservation Primary School

In a remote part of rural DRC, AWF built a different kind of primary school.When AWF arrived in Ilima, the local school was a ramshackle building that failed to serve the educational needs of its students. Located in a remote part of the forest in northwest DRC, Ilima’s community school rarely attracted the best teachers. Its isolated location and...

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Zambezi

Zambezi

Forest Elephant

Forest 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.

Dja

Dja

Ethiopian Wolf

Ethiopian Wolf
AWF Exhibition on Endangered African Wildlife Species Opens at Beijing Zoo

AWF Exhibition on Endangered African Wildlife Species Opens at Beijing Zoo

The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) in partnership with the Beijing Zoo launched the exhibition Save African Endangered Species 

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Climate Change

Climate Change
Close-up photo of young bonobo on bamboo shoot

Strengthening bonobo conservation through satellite technology

      

Compared to Africa’s other great apes, the bonobo has been relatively less studied. Its geographic range stretches 500,000 square kilometers across the Democratic Republic of Congo’s remotest tropical forests — difficult to reach areas with a history of

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Bili Uele

Bili Uele
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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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East Africa

East Africa

Imatong-Kidepo

Imatong-Kidepo
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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