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The conservation scientist advocating for Africa's wildlife on Capitol Hill

Photo of Dr Jimmiel Mandima speaking at event for African Wildlife Foundation

    

Dr. Jimmiel Mandima is responsible for African Wildlife Foundation’s work with the public sector, which means developing and managing relationships with the agencies that in 2017 funded approximately 29 percent of our work. As director of program design and partner relations, Mandima also advocates for African wildlife conservation in the United States — on Capitol Hill and to the White House and government agencies.

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Strengthening bonobo conservation through satellite technology

Close-up photo of young bonobo on bamboo shoot

      

Compared to Africa’s other great apes, the bonobo has been relatively less studied. Its geographic range stretches 500,000 square kilometers across the Democratic Republic of Congo’s remotest tropical forests — difficult to reach areas with a history of regional political unrest. As such, research on bonobo ecological preferences, habitat use, and distribution has been mostly limited to small areas accessible by foot. However, with increased pressure from hunting and habitat degradation facing this endangered great ape, further study has become increasingly critical.

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Mentoring wildlife crime prosecutors to ensure successful convictions

Photo of carved ivory and other illegal wildlife products seized

      

Monday, June 7, 2010 stands out clearly in my memory. I had just been appointed as a public prosecutor for wildlife crimes, and my first mission was to visit various courts and introduce myself in my new role. I started at Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi, where the Chief Magistrate kindly suggested that I sit in her courtroom for the morning session to acquaint myself — a relief, given that I had no experience in prosecution.

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Protecting forests by working with the people who live near them

Photo of rural settlement structures in forested areas near Lake Natron in Tanzania

    

Forest loss and degradation take various forms across the continent’s landscapes. Industrial logging, mining, and agriculture consume forests to meet the development goals of growing economies. They contribute to climate change and further degrade the forest’s health, resilience, and the services they provide.

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Prosecuting wildlife criminals using sniffer dog evidence

Close-up of a sniffer dog trained for the AWF Canine for Conservation Program

    

Dogs have been part of our world since time immemorial, considered a best friend and companion. But canines are not only loyal, they are also highly intelligent and possess a dazzling sense of smell. These enviable qualities form the basis of African Wildlife Foundation’s Canines for Conservation Program.

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