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Elephants are the pillars of Africa’s ecosystems and they need our support

Photo of a small herd of African elephants in open savanna grassland landscape in East Africa

   

As the largest of all land mammals, African elephants play an important role in balancing natural ecosystems. They trample forests and dense grasslands, making room for smaller species to co-exist. Elephants also create water holes used by other wildlife as they dig dry riverbeds when rainfall is low. Herds travel over vast rangelands, and they disperse seeds in their dung, which helps generate new green growth.

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Women are the future of African conservation

Photo of two women from rural Tanzania invovled in AWF conservation project

 

  

Gender inclusivity is becoming increasingly relevant in today’s professional world and changing the dialogue around the role of women in the workforce. On the African continent — whether it is through farming, agriculture, politics, economics, or conservation — new programs geared towards empowering women are surfacing.

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Japan’s legal ivory markets are fueling the international ivory trade

Photo of illegal elephant tusk stockpile before ivory burn event in Kenya

  

The shutdown of ivory sales on Rakuten-Ichiba, one of Japan’s largest e-commerce platforms, in August 2017 blazed a trail for other online shopping sites selling and auctioning ivory. Some mall retailers even revised their policies to close shops trading ivory, but few online shopping sites have taken the same path as Rakuten — most notably Yahoo! Japan.

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Turning to Tsavo: why conservation needs to extend across large landscapes

Photo of herd of elephants in Kilimanjaro landscape

  

Space to roam. It is a must for the world’s largest land animal, but across the transboundary Kilimanjaro landscape straddling Kenya’s southern border — known for its sizeable elephant population — that roaming space is becoming harder to find.

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The endangered bonobo: Africa's forgotten ape

Close-up photo of bonobo in DRC

  

Wildlife enthusiasts generally know a lot about our closest cousins in the natural world, chimpanzees. But often they know less about a primate that is equally close and just as fascinating — the bonobo, “the forgotten ape."

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