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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
Close-up photo of a young Maasai giraffe in Kenyan savanna landscape

Kenya fights to save shrinking giraffe populations

  

Unlike the slaughter of elephants and rhinos by poachers, the collapse of Africa’s giraffes has been quiet and overlooked. In only 30 years, continental numbers have plummeted by 40 percent. Recent population and distribution assessments of some subspecies

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Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros
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
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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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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.

Bili Uele

Bili Uele

Nimule

Nimule
Bwindi Mountain Gorilla Census

Bwindi Mountain Gorilla Census

Accurate population numbers are needed for gorilla conservation. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda is home to approximately half of the world’s remaining...

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Primary Education

Primary Education
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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Simien Mountains

Simien Mountains
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Ruaha Carnivore Project

A critical location for Africa’s top predators.Across the continent, Africa’s large carnivores are facing an uncertain future. Lions, cheetahs and African wild dogs have all disappeared from 80 – 90 percent of their original range. Both the lion and the cheetah are now classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN, with as few as 23,000 and 10,000 individuals...

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Vulture

Vulture

Dja

Dja
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.

Hedgehog

Hedgehog

Forest Elephant

Forest Elephant
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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A Changing Africa

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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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Etosha-Skeleton Coast

Etosha-Skeleton Coast
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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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Stand tall for giraffes

Stand tall for giraffes
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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