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Protecting the carnivores of Africa’s wild lands

Photo of African wild dog in Southern Africa

          

Not only are carnivores critical to the long-term viability of ecosystems, their presence is also a strong indicator of healthy prey populations. As they face a combination of threats — retaliatory killings by livestock keepers, declining prey base, habitat decline and human conflict ­— conserving ecologically viable and functional populations of large carnivores in their natural habitats is paramount but challenging.

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Southern Tanzania shines as a model for green growth

Aerial photo of agricultural plantations in Kilombero Valley, Southern Tanzania

                                      

With the planet’s human population projected to reach 9 billion by 2050, the demand for arable land to produce food, fuel and fiber is on the rise. Many look to Africa to meet this demand, viewing the continent as replete with vast expanses of unused land.

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Classroom Africa transforms education in rural Ethiopia

Adisge Primary School students playing in new compound repaired by AWF's Classroom Africa

    

Education is not only a systematic approach to gaining knowledge, but it is also a source of empowerment. The unfortunate reality is a high percentage of individuals in rural Africa do not have access to a quality education and are being left behind. The highest rate of out-of-school children exists in sub-Saharan Africa — 9 million girls and 6 million boys between the ages of 6 and 11 will never attend school. Marginalization consistently impedes the education of female and rural students in Africa.

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These dogs are taking on wildlife trafficking in Botswana

Photo of sniffer dog and handler team demonstrating ivory detection on vehicle

       

Up to 130,000 elephants roam the wild lands of Botswana – and that is not counting transient herds moving across country boundaries in the region. As a significant range state, Botswana was the only nation in southern Africa to support a total and permanent ban on the ivory trade at the 2016 CITES conference.

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Virunga: Mountain gorilla sanctuary under threat

Photo of family of 4 mountain gorillas in Virunga

          

There is greater biodiversity in Africa’s Albertine Rift region where Virunga National Park is located than in any other ecosystem in Africa. This richly diverse array of habitats is home to critical populations of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas.

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