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Demand for lion bones threatens Africa’s vulnerable big cat

Close-up photo of lone lion in African savanna grassland

In the last decade, international wildlife trade records have traced new routes and demand centers for lion commodities. Export data shows a shift in how the iconic big cat species move across the globe — hunting trophies, once the principal lion export, are not the only lion product leaving range states in Africa. Lion skeletons, bodies, and bones are increasingly reaching countries in Southeast Asia, where lion bone items have never been used before.

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Beyond Bonobos

A crowd welcoming AWF’s inaugural voyage to the Lomako Conservation Science Centre

It’s hard to overstate the ecological value of the Congo Basin. The second-largest tropical rainforest in the world after the Amazon, the Basin is sometimes referred to as the world’s second lung for its ability to absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. It’s also a treasure trove of endemic species.

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Biodiversity in Tanzania's Kolo Hills

Butterfly sighting during the Kolo Hills biodiversity scoping expedition

AWF ecologists, experts from the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI), and local community members embarked on an eight-day ecological survey of the Kolo Hills area in northern Tanzania. The team surveyed the presence and distribution of birds, small mammals, insects, and trees as part of a baseline biodiversity assessment to be completed before Kolo Hills can be validated as a REDD+ project site. Several AWF ecologists from different sites in Africa have joined the survey, including Nakedi Maputla, AWF’s Congo landscape ecologist.

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Lamentations of the Timbavati Tragedy

Albert Ndlovu, who works on one of the Timbavati properties, poses for a picture with student Lars Sund. Albert assisted AWF with setting up cameras at our Timbavati site while Lars gained valuable field experience.

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Apologies for yet another hiatus…

Nakedi works to obtain accurate data on leopard abundance in Kruger National Park. Photo courtesy of Stephen Ham.

The objectives of this leopard project are to:

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