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“Do you have a favorite animal?” I ask Jealous Alafai, a 52-year-old Zimbabwean fisherman along the Zambezi River.

He chuckles and says, “Of course I do!”

“Which is?”

“The elephant, because it is my totem.”

“What do you mean?”

“In our culture, we don’t eat our totem animals. In fact, we respect them.”

This is just a glimpse of the unique…

One fine morning in 2019, Chenjerai Chimukoro woke up to a herd of nearly 70 elephants in his farm working their way through his sorghum, cotton, and maize plants. He knew that he had to act fast to save what was left of the crop and ensure that his family would have something to eat come harvest time. Luckily, he was prepared.

He quickly fetched chili pepper blocks from his house and…

Ground up. Hidden in coffee. Disguised. There is no limit to the tactics wildlife traffickers will use when they are attempting to sneak through wildlife contraband. But there is no fooling a dog’s nose. No matter how hard smugglers try to hide their contraband, African Wildlife Foundation’s highly trained canine detection dogs will sniff out wildlife products. In fact, it takes only 10-12…

African Wildlife Foundation has valued the role of youth in wildlife conservation since its creation, establishing the College of African Wildlife Management in 1961. Of the hundreds of students trained at the institution in Mweka, Tanzania, many developed careers in conservation leadership as scientists, park managers, and rangers.

In the last decade, AWF embarked on a systematic…

A new report supported by African Wildlife Foundation and others details the valuable ecosystem services provided by "lionscapes," or landscapes in which lions thrive as apex predators.

Lionscapes offer a larger than average share of:

  • direct benefits such as water and food security
  • supporting services such as photosynthesis, soil formation, and nutrient cycling…