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Consider the African wildlife ranger’s job — the long periods away from family and home, low pay, challenging physical conditions, and significant risk of armed confrontations. In 2018, more than 50 African rangers died in the line of duty, killed by poachers, elephant attacks, snakebites, and a myriad of other causes. The International Ranger Federation’s annually released roster of…

Supporting youth action in the conservation agenda has been a priority for African Wildlife Foundation since the organization was founded in 1961. AWF established the Mweka College of African Wildlife Management in Tanzania, kickstarting the careers of East Africa’s rangers, wildlife managers, and scientists. History has shown that the collective effort of young people — whether as students,…

Every year, during the dry July-September season, millions of wildebeest thunder across the vast Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, following the rain in their quest for breeding grounds and fresh pasture. On this centuries-old journey, massive herds plunge into the dangerous Mara River as they make their way to the Serengeti plains — a spectacle that brings tourists from far and wide to Kenya and…

Before African alpine bamboo grows into the tall, verdant stands clustered across high mountain forests, it starts off as a fragile shoot from a seed so tiny that it is invisible to the naked eye.

The young plants of Yushania alpina, ranging from 2-10 centimeters in height, are known as wildings. Twenty thousand of these shoots have been collected from Kenya’s Aberdare Range,…

Two months ago, I arrived in Kinshasa after a grueling four weeks deep inside the dense Congo Basin rainforest delivering critical materials so rural communities can protect themselves against the coronavirus disease.

It was an extraordinarily challenging journey, done primarily by motorcycle on hundreds of kilometers of forest trails barely wide enough for a man to walk, let alone a…