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Recovering Africa’s lost lion populations

Photo of lone male lion in Namibia

    

Almost 200,000 lions roamed Africa one century ago, but recent studies show that the species is extinct in 26 countries across the continent and occupies a fraction of its historical rangeland. With lion populations plummeting by a staggering 43 percent in just the last two decades, the King of the Jungle is now a vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List.

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Mountain gorilla tourism drives economic growth and conservation

Photo of mountain gorilla family in Volcanoes National Park forest

        

As the only great ape species experiencing a population rise, the mountain gorilla’s recovery is an undeniable conservation success story. But the unprecedented growth poses a challenge for its habitat in the Virunga Mountains: can it sustain the future of this critically endangered species in a rapidly industrializing Africa?

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Pangolins pushed to extinction as demand for scales grows

Photo of lone ground pangolin in southern Africa

       

Despite a unanimous vote granting all eight species of the African and Asian pangolin the highest possible protection against illegal trading in late 2016, this scaly animal still bears the unfortunate record as the world’s most illegally trafficked mammal.

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A zero tolerance policy for wildlife crime

Photo of a lone elephant in semi-arid landscape in Samburu

  

As more countries recognize wildlife poaching and trafficking as serious crimes run by organized syndicates, they turn to the legal system to protect wildlife. Not only is legislation being strengthened across eastern Africa, but the capacity of law enforcement officers, investigators, and prosecutors is also strategically enhanced.

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Volcanoes National Park: a success story for Rwanda's communities and conservation

Close up photo of Rwandan woman and child smiling

     

To most Rwandans, the Volcanoes National Park is evidence of beauty and source of tourism revenues to the national treasury. To the residents of the Kinigi sector, Musanze District—right at the edge of the national park —this park is “everything.”

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