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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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Restoring biodiversity hotspots in Uganda empowers communities

Close-up of lone chimpanzee in foliage
      

Sustainable agricultural enterprise, community conservancies, and education campaigns protect wildlife and natural resources across Uganda’s landscapes. Integrating these approaches with local economic growth ensures their continued success as they provide communities with opportunities to benefit from conservation.

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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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