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16 ways to give back to wildlife during this holiday season

Image of four zebras on a plain

During this holiday season, treat your loved ones to gifts that also give back to Africa’s wildlife — or put these items on your wishlist.

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African youth stand up for conservation at the world’s largest biodiversity convention

Photo of Global Youth Biodiversity Network at delivering closing remarks at the Convention for Biological Diversity Conference

Since 1993, governments, policymakers, and expert organizations have negotiated strategic global agreements for the sustainable and equitable use of biodiversity, aiming to mitigate species loss and safeguard ecosystems. However, it was only at the 10th Conference of Parties to the Convention for Biological Diversity held in 2010 in Nagoya, Japan that youth took a seat at the table thanks to the formation of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network.<--break->

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Biosphere reserves: the key to sustainable wildlife management and economic growth

Photo of two zebras in open savanna grassland in Amboseli National Park in Kenya

Africa’s wildlife-rich ecosystems extend outside of protected areas. Similarly, the socioeconomic and cultural conditions driving species loss in these expansive landscapes are not easily contained. To expand protections for these ecosystems, the U. N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization upgrades their status to biosphere reserves.

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Kenya fights to save shrinking giraffe populations

Close-up photo of a young Maasai giraffe in Kenyan savanna landscape

Unlike the slaughter of elephants and rhinos by poachers, the collapse of Africa’s giraffes has been quiet and overlooked. In only 30 years, continental numbers have plummeted by 40 percent. Recent population and distribution assessments of some subspecies paint a grim picture. Both Kordofan and Nubian giraffes were just upgraded to a critically endangered status on IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species — altogether only approximately 4,650 mature individuals survive.

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Conservation sniffer dogs: How a unique human-canine bond leads to wildlife detection

Close-up photo of AWF-trained wildlife detection sniffer dog and expert dog handler

When resources are available, advanced technologies such as drone surveillance or other tracking and sensing systems might be the fastest way to nab wildlife offenders. But anti-poaching and anti-trafficking work also relies on low-tech, tried-and-true methods. One of the oldest and most reliable? Dogs.

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