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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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Vulture

Vulture
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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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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.

East Africa

East Africa

Ethiopian Wolf

Ethiopian Wolf
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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Virunga

Virunga
Adisge Primary School students playing in new compound repaired by AWF's Classroom Africa

Classroom Africa transforms education in rural Ethiopia

    

Education is not only a systematic approach to gaining knowledge, but it is also a source of empowerment. The unfortunate reality is a high percentage of individuals in rural Africa do not have access to a quality education and are being left behind. The

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Imatong-Kidepo

Imatong-Kidepo
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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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Etosha-Skeleton Coast

Etosha-Skeleton Coast

Classroom Africa

Classroom Africa
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

West/Central Africa

West/Central Africa
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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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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Forest Elephant

Forest Elephant
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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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Fischer's Lovebird

Fischer's Lovebird
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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