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

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Elephant

Elephant
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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Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus
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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Gelada

Gelada
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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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Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros
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.

Fischer's Lovebird

Fischer's Lovebird

Primary Education

Primary Education
Chinese Actress Jiang Yiyan Visits AWF

Chinese Actress Jiang Yiyan Visits AWF

The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) on September 10, 2018 hosted Chinese actress Jiang Yiyan and her crew at its Nairobi headquarters. Ms.

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Investment in Africa

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Investment in Africa
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 African Giraffe

West African Giraffe
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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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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.

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.

Ethiopian Wolf

Ethiopian Wolf

Forest Elephant

Forest Elephant
Close-up photo of baby mountain gorilla with adult mountain gorilla in background

Why wildlife matters

  

Humanity’s remarkable ability to self-destruct is one of the most inexplicable yet enduring paradoxes of life. We are perhaps the only species endowed with the capacity to understand nature yet so desperately poor at managing it.

A recent study by the

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Save Valley

Save Valley
Landscape photo of hippos basking on the banks of Faro River in northern Cameroon

A traditional Cameroonian community honors wildlife conservation and sustainable development

  

“Ngarkuwa.” This was the title bestowed on Manfred Aimé Epanda by Cameroon’s Tchamba chiefdom. Epanda, African Wildlife Foundation’s Cameroon country coordinator, has devoted the last two decades of his career to community conservation in his native Cameroon.

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Virunga

Virunga
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Chyulu Hills REDD+

In Africa, deforestation and climate change give real cause for concern.The African continent is anticipated to experience more than its fair share of climate change’s negative impacts. From extreme weather patterns to losses in crop productivity to an overall decrease in the quality of life for both the people and wildlife that call Africa “home,”...

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Imatong-Kidepo

Imatong-Kidepo

Zambezi

Zambezi
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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