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As the leader of the Nkuringo mountain gorilla family in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Rafiki was the gentle giant who protected his family of 17. He was speared and killed in an act of self-defense after accosting four poachers. They were in the park illegally to hunt bush pig, according to the official statement released on June 12, 2020 by the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

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Africa is thought to be the most vulnerable continent to climate change given its predominately climate-dependent livelihoods, extensive water-stressed populations, and low adaptive capacity. Weak economies, institutions, and governance structures all contribute to the low adaptive capacity. Human activities have been a leading cause of climate change through activities such as fossil fuel…

AWF pays tribute today to the UN’s “World Environment Day 2020.” We support this year’s theme of celebrating biodiversity with a renewed call to help end the illegal trade of elephant ivory to buyers in countries in Asia and other parts of the world. The persistent demand for elephant ivory because of its beauty and artistic uses has dramatically reduced the elephant population across the…

The world has been thrust into a global health and economic crisis that will reverberate long after COVID-19 has passed. In the midst of all this, wildlife and the environment, often taking a back seat when economic policies are being discussed, are emerging as some of the ways through which the world could course correct. People are waking up to the fact that we can no longer treat the…

By the time the rains had failed yet again in October 2019, more than 100 elephants had already succumbed to the southern drought in Zimbabwe alone. One of the harshest dry periods experienced in the region in the last four decades, the extended drought disappeared water sources across shrinking grazing areas. Wildlife mortalities continued to rise in Zimbabwe’s iconic protected areas, most…