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Working with China to build investment and awareness that protects African wildlife

Close-up of photo of white rhino grazing in grassland in Nairobi National Park

With various billion-dollar investments across sub-Saharan Africa in technology, infrastructure, and industry, China is fast becoming one of the continent’s most significant trade and development partners. Linking African governments and Chinese entities working across the region, African Wildlife Foundation ensures that Africa’s wildlife populations and essential ecosystems are represented in the continent’s development agenda with China.

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Nurturing community conservation in Cameroon against all odds

Photo of river passing through Dja Faunal Reserve in southern Cameroon

You finish your last meeting in a nearby town at 4 p.m. You are tired and ready to head home. You have made this trip many times before and know it takes exactly three hours. After all, yours is usually the only car on the road, so traffic jams are not a consideration.

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Lion-proof enclosures, beehive barriers, and chilies stem human-wildlife conflict

Close-up photo of adult male lion standing in savannah grassland

Bomas are traditional wooden or thorn-bush/wire mesh enclosures designed to keep cattle in and predators out. With help from African Wildlife Foundation, Tanzanian Maasai pastoralists living around Manyara Ranch have benefited from an upgrade: mobile, predator-proof, metal bomas.

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Wildlife crime cases in the fast track with new equipment, special training

Photo of a small herd of elephants in Tsavo Conservation Area

As a young lawyer, I was nervous yet excited to be stationed in Tsavo — the largest wildlife ecosystem in Kenya. This landscape carries the biggest populations of elephants in the country. Working amid this beautiful natural resource in southern Kenya is one of the reasons I took up the job with African Wildlife Foundation monitoring wildlife crime cases in the four law courts located in Tsavo.

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Sustainable cocoa turns Cameroon’s farmers into conservation champions

Photograph of woman cocoa farmer smiling and digging into her sustainable cocoa bean crop

Florence Louma is a happy woman. During the last cocoa harvest in early 2019, she made a profit of over USD $1,700, making her the top-earning female cocoa farmer in Kagnnole village, Somalomo, at the border of Dja Faunal Reserve in eastern Cameroon.

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