African Wildlife Foundation
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Our Mission

The African Wildlife Foundation, together with the people of Africa, works to ensure the wildlife and wild lands of Africa will endure forever. 

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Elephant
AWF's Jimmiel Mandima Feeds a Piece of Ivory onto the Crusher's Conveyor Belt

Reflecting on the Ivory Crush in Times Square

Each day, approximately 330,000 people pass through New York City’s Times Square intersection. Within this concrete jungle, tourists take selfies with street performers, billboards on towering buildings flash images of celebrities, and

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Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros
AWF Reiterates 'No Go' Policy in World Heritage Sites

AWF Reiterates 'No Go' Policy in World Heritage Sites

This week, at the 39th Session of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee

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Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus
Featured Projects
Simien Mountains Cultural Tourism

Communities need help balancing their needs and the needs of their environment.

Ethiopia’s highlands are among the most densely populated agricultural areas in Africa. Agriculture is the major source of livelihood for communities living here, but shifting cultivation, overgrazing and agricultural expansion are putting serious strain on the surrounding...

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Did you know?
Deforestation affects Africa at twice the global average. 
Reason #85 to get involved

AWF works with a host of partners on issues ranging from climate change to land conservation. Projects like Kolo Hills REDD+ are examples of our continued success working with partners. 

Reason #50 to get involved

Fewer than 900 mountain gorillas exist today. They live in areas suffering from the effects of civil war, poverty, poaching, and disease. Help fund efforts that include protecting gorilla habitats and keeping peace between locals and wildlife.

Reason #11 to get involved

Wildlife corridors allow migratory species, like the wildebeest and zebra, to roam safely. Without intervention, these free spaces are threatened by increasing development and agriculture. 

Reason #3 to get involved

AWF is fostering new and innovative solutions to the problems posed by a rapidly developing Africa which remains home to vulnerable and endangered species.

Reason #53 to get involved

With loss of habitat and prey, carnivores—like cheetahs and wild dogs—are hunting community livestock. As a result, farmers are forced to kill these species. African Wildlife Foundation needs support training scouts and funding bomas to protect livestock as well as negotiating buffer zones for wildlife.

Reason #74 to get involved

As poaching rates grow, canine detection units are helping authorities detect even the smallest dustings of illegal wildlife products.

Reason #21 to get involved

African Wildlife Foundation is devoted entirely to, and ever-present in, African wildlife conservation and sustainable development—recognizing and responding to critical threats in a multifaceted way. Help all of Africa, the wildlife, the communities, and the future.

Reason #37 to get involved

The Sekute Conservation Area has resulted in increased education and conservation in the region. With your support AWF can create more success stories like this one. 

Reason #82 to get involved

Adapting to their recent human neighbors, vervet monkeys steal food and raid crops. As a result, humans mass-poison the monkeys to defend their food sources. Help is needed to establish a buffer zone so both humans and monkeys can coexist.

Did you know?
Rare today, herds of 100 or more roan antelopes were common in the past. 

Hedgehog

Hedgehog
Bwindi Mountain Gorilla Census

Bwindi Mountain Gorilla Census

Accurate population numbers are needed for gorilla conservation. 

The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda is home to approximately half of the world’s remaining...

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Mau Forest

Mau Forest
A Looming Crisis as Vulture Population Crashes

A Looming Crisis as Vulture Population Crashes

Research published last week in the journal, “Conservation Letters,” indicates the eight vulture species in Africa have experienced declines of more than 80 percent in their populations.

Africa is following an unfortunate precedent: In Asia,

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Forest Elephant

Forest Elephant
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Canine Detection Unit

Poaching epidemic threatens elephants and rhinos.

Illegal poaching in Africa is at an all-time high, with elephants and rhinos targeted by well-funded, -trained and -equipped poachers who are motivated by a lucrative illegal wildlife trade. The poaching of rhinos has increased nearly 3,000 percent since 2007 and demand for ivory is also ever climbing. If...

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African Conservation Schools

African Conservation Schools

West African Giraffe

West African Giraffe
Reason #21 to get involved

African Wildlife Foundation is devoted entirely to, and ever-present in, African wildlife conservation and sustainable development—recognizing and responding to critical threats in a multifaceted way. Help all of Africa, the wildlife, the communities, and the future.

Reason #82 to get involved

Adapting to their recent human neighbors, vervet monkeys steal food and raid crops. As a result, humans mass-poison the monkeys to defend their food sources. Help is needed to establish a buffer zone so both humans and monkeys can coexist.

Reason #53 to get involved

With loss of habitat and prey, carnivores—like cheetahs and wild dogs—are hunting community livestock. As a result, farmers are forced to kill these species. African Wildlife Foundation needs support training scouts and funding bomas to protect livestock as well as negotiating buffer zones for wildlife.

Reason #11 to get involved

Wildlife corridors allow migratory species, like the wildebeest and zebra, to roam safely. Without intervention, these free spaces are threatened by increasing development and agriculture. 

Reason #3 to get involved

AWF is fostering new and innovative solutions to the problems posed by a rapidly developing Africa which remains home to vulnerable and endangered species.

Reason #50 to get involved

Fewer than 900 mountain gorillas exist today. They live in areas suffering from the effects of civil war, poverty, poaching, and disease. Help fund efforts that include protecting gorilla habitats and keeping peace between locals and wildlife.

Reason #37 to get involved

The Sekute Conservation Area has resulted in increased education and conservation in the region. With your support AWF can create more success stories like this one. 

Reason #74 to get involved

As poaching rates grow, canine detection units are helping authorities detect even the smallest dustings of illegal wildlife products.

Bili Uele

Bili Uele
Did you know?
All wildebeest populations have declined except those in the Serengeti. 
Closing the Literacy Gap for Girls

Closing the Literacy Gap for Girls

Nkechi’s father had only paid for her brother to take the final exams in primary school, bringing her education to an end after primary 6. Thankfully, when it came time for her own children to progress on from primary school, her husband agreed to pay for

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Limpopo

Limpopo
Land for Livestock

Land for Livestock

Livestock is a vital livelihood for people in West Africa. So is farming.

As competition over land and natural resources grows, pressure on protected areas and biodiversity...

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Did you know?
Predator-proof bomas have been used to lessen human-carnivore conflict. 
Featured Projects
Bale Mountain Lodge

Endemic species are under threat.

Bale Mountains National Park, part of Ethiopia’s signature highlands, is home to species found in no other country on Earth, like the gelada baboon and Ethiopian wolf. Yet local communities rely on natural resources for their livelihoods, and encroachment from agriculture, grazing and settlement is shrinking the...

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Bat-Eared Fox

Bat-Eared Fox

Bale Mountains

Bale Mountains
Reason #50 to get involved

Fewer than 900 mountain gorillas exist today. They live in areas suffering from the effects of civil war, poverty, poaching, and disease. Help fund efforts that include protecting gorilla habitats and keeping peace between locals and wildlife.

Reason #11 to get involved

Wildlife corridors allow migratory species, like the wildebeest and zebra, to roam safely. Without intervention, these free spaces are threatened by increasing development and agriculture. 

Reason #74 to get involved

As poaching rates grow, canine detection units are helping authorities detect even the smallest dustings of illegal wildlife products.

Reason #3 to get involved

AWF is fostering new and innovative solutions to the problems posed by a rapidly developing Africa which remains home to vulnerable and endangered species.

Reason #53 to get involved

With loss of habitat and prey, carnivores—like cheetahs and wild dogs—are hunting community livestock. As a result, farmers are forced to kill these species. African Wildlife Foundation needs support training scouts and funding bomas to protect livestock as well as negotiating buffer zones for wildlife.

Reason #37 to get involved

The Sekute Conservation Area has resulted in increased education and conservation in the region. With your support AWF can create more success stories like this one. 

Reason #82 to get involved

Adapting to their recent human neighbors, vervet monkeys steal food and raid crops. As a result, humans mass-poison the monkeys to defend their food sources. Help is needed to establish a buffer zone so both humans and monkeys can coexist.

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