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Hippos, zebras return to Tanzania’s giraffe stronghold as poaching abates

Photo of lone giraffe standing in open savanna grassland in Manyara Ranch conservancy

The newcomer to Manyara Ranch was not hard to flush out. Two rangers crept around a bend toward its hiding spot — a thicket at the edge of a large pond. With a sudden rush from the foliage, the hippo flew out and into the water with a decisive splash.

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Communities in Kenya and Tanzania unite to save wildlife

Photo of large herd of elephants crossing open savannah grassland in Tsavo landscape

At its southern reach, Kenya’s Tsavo Conservation Area crosses into Tanzania, encompassing Mkomazi National Park and critical dispersal areas for the region’s iconic wildlife. The area, covering more than 47,000 sq. kilometers, is home to more than a third of Kenya’s elephant population and 18 percent of its black rhinos. Comprising three national parks and reserves, as well as community conservancies and ranches, Tsavo is the biggest contiguous wildlife area in Kenya.

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Over 2 million pangolins are poached every year for scales and meat

Photo of a pangolin in dry savannah landscape in Africa

The world’s most trafficked mammal may vanish before many people have ever heard of it. The pangolin, a shy and scaly animal, resembles an armadillo and is found in both Africa and Asia. All eight species, four found on each continent, are decreasing in population and are at risk of extinction.<--break->

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A drought-resistant seed boosts sugarcane yields, stops habitat loss in southern Tanzania

Photo of sugarcane plantation in Southern Tanzania village adopting climate-smart practices

Sugarcane grown in southern Tanzania’s Kilombero landscape makes up 33 percent of the total sugar produced in the country. African Wildlife Foundation partner Kilombero Sugar Company, the largest sugar producer in Tanzania, works with 8,000 outgrower sugarcane farmers who supply the company to complement harvests from its plantations.

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Kidnapped baby chimp rescued from the illegal pet trade

Close-up photo of kidnapped chimpanzee after rescue from village in Dja, Cameroon

Springing from Dja Faunal Reserve’s dense rainforest, Bouamir is one of the largest and most iconic outcrops in this 5,260 sq. kilometer protected area in southern Cameroon. It is also home to the landscape’s great apes, so when a baby chimpanzee was discovered alone in an abandoned house in the nearby village of Nemeyong she was named after the great rock Bouamir as a symbol of her resilience.

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