To get to the town of Kondoa (located in the district of Kondoa) from Arusha, Tanzania, you drive almost 300 km down Rte. A104. Google Maps will tell you the drive takes three hours and 47 minutes, but Google Maps is wrong. The journey takes closer to four-and-a-half, five hours.
“AWF approaches conservation at a large-landscape scale.”
How many times have I heard that said about our work? How many times have I written that myself, when writing about AWF’s approach to conservation?
AWF first launched African Wildlife Capital (AWC) in 2011. In the nearly three years since, AWC has moved quickly and successfully to provide financing to a variety of small and midsize African companies—and, as a result, has been able to provide another way to ensure conservation results on the continent.
Besides Lupani Primary School and Machenje Fishing Lodge, a number of other key AWF projects—in this area that includes Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe—are bringing benefits to wildlife and people in the Kazungula landscape.
Longtime AWF followers might remember Nakedi Maputla, the leopard researcher working out of South Africa’s Kruger National Park. The intrepid South African recently became our Congo landscape ecologist, where he is working to protect bonobos, forest elephants, and, yes, also leopards.