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Women Must Guide Africa’s Conservation—and Development

Congolese women at a meeting

Women make up the backbone of society. Nowhere is this more true than in rural Africa, where the so-called “lesser sex” takes on the bulk of the childrearing, housekeeping and income earning. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), women make up 70 percent of Africa’s agricultural workforce and grow 90 percent of the food.

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Linking Conservation and Education

Students have a bright, comfortable learning environment at Adisge Primary School

Today, March 3, is World Wildlife Day—a recognition of the need to protect the many wildlife species with whom we share the planet. This year’s theme: “Listen to the young voices.” With nearly 25 percent of the global population between the ages of 10 and 24, young people have a significant role to play in protecting endangered wildlife—now and in the future.

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How Censuses Support Wildlife Conservation

Elephants in front of aircraft used to conduct the censes

For the past two weeks, AWF participated in an aerial census conducted by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in the Tsavo–Mkomazi ecosystem, which straddles the border between Kenya and Tanzania. This landscape hosts about a third of Kenya’s elephant population, and serves as a habitat for all of the species that make up Africa’s “big five.”

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Multiplying AWF’s Conservation Impact in Ethiopia

Gelada monkey in the Simien Mountains

Stunning vistas. Escarpments dropping down into a valley below. Gelada monkeys grazing peacefully at altitudes of 3,600 m (about 11,800 ft.). Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains National Park offers a taste of Africa that’s a bit different from the stereotypical East African savanna experience.

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14 Times Africa's Wildlife Melted Our Hearts

Kissing Bonobos

Because we love our supporters, and we know our supporters love Africa's unique wildlife, we wanted to give you a special treat this Valentine's Day.

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