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May 22 marks the International Day for Biological Diversity. Themed “Our solutions are in nature,” it is a day to reflect on the importance of healthy natural ecosystems in our lives. But we are in the throes of a global pandemic — no nation or community is unscathed by the impacts of the COVID-19 virus. Governments all over the world are grappling with a highly communicable respiratory…

For Dodo Tshidinda, a typical day at work looks nothing like what you might expect. Traversing hundreds of kilometers on a motorcycle deep in the Congo Basin rainforest is par for the course for Dodo, African Wildlife Foundation’s Program Officer in the Democratic Republic of Congo. So are days with no internet connectivity or phone signal.

As most of the world currently works from…

These days it is difficult to escape the buzz surrounding Netflix's "Tiger King" series that has captured the attention of millions of viewers, particularly in the United States. As a conservationist and Zimbabwean, it is even more challenging to escape the despicable treatment of the African lions and other big cats held at the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park — founded by Joe Exotic —…

An analysis of COVID-19’s impact on conservation — and especially African conservation – is not complete without considering the economic ramifications this pandemic has on the wildlife, wild lands, and people who, typically enjoying the benefits of a wildlife economy, are financially reliant on the tourism industry.

African Wildlife Foundation’s CEO Kaddu Sebunya sat down to discuss…

The illegal trafficking of protected African wildlife species can take various gory forms across the continent. Wildlife management authorities and investigators often discover concealed elephant tusks still dripping with blood or even pieces of flesh and hides, but they are also likely to find crocodile eggs or pangolin scales. The contraband counts as evidence, as do the tools and weapons…