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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 baby mountain gorilla with mother in forested habitat in the Virunga mountains

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

   

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 natural habitat. They bestowed the newborn

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Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus
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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A Changing Africa

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A Changing Africa
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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.

Etosha-Skeleton Coast

Etosha-Skeleton Coast

Vulture

Vulture
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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Bale Mountains

Bale Mountains
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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Bili Uele

Bili Uele
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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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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.

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.

Virunga

Virunga

Climate Change

Climate Change
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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Hedgehog

Hedgehog
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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Stand tall for giraffes

Stand tall for giraffes
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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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West African Giraffe

West African Giraffe

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.

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