Touched by a Gorilla

Outside Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, wildlife photographer and ecotourist John King did not need his binoculars when a family of mountain gorillas came through camp. In a video now gone viral, a gorilla family stops to inspect, even touch the beaming American. "John's experience is a remarkable one," explains AWF's gorilla expert, Craig Sholley, "though the nonchalance with which these great apes leave the security of the national park is cause for concern. Living in close proximity to humans, mountain gorillas are susceptible to poaching and human disease." With fewer than 800 left, they need your help more than ever.

Leading by Example

Kenyan John Keen signed an easement with AWF and Kenya Wildlife Service extending Nairobi National Park almost 250 acres onto his own personal land. The first environmental easement in Kenya, Keen and his family will retain ownership but the land is subject to limited uses. This will provide wildlife much-needed land to roam, as the park is quite small. "I want this land to remain pristine today and in the future for wildlife and future generations," said Keen. We hope Keen's investment in his country will inspire future acts of good will.

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Late this past year, as a thank you to the Kenyan people for sharing their wildlife heritage and providing expert guidance during the filming process, AWF and Disneynature organized a screening of "African Cats" in Nairobi, Kenya. "African Cats" tells the true story of two big cat families fighting for survival on the unforgiving savanna. Director Keith Scholey introduced the film, addressing an audience ranging from Kenyan officials to Maasai tribespeople who, afterward, enjoyed a complimentary reception.

Though troubling rhino figures dominate wildlife news, elephants are by no means in the clear. 2011 saw more than 23,000 tons of ivory seized—the most in over two decades. AWF is working to halt the revived ivory market by stepping up security throughout our Heartlands. We invite you to join the cause by accompanying us on our newest safari to Zambia and Botswana and learn about our elephantine efforts first-hand. See these giants up close, and bring home the message that they need help.

Do you or someone you know want to be involved in conservation? AWF is currently accepting applications for internship positions for those who are smart, dedicated, and passionate about African wildlife. With opportunities available in the editorial, online, and financial departments in our DC office, experience at AWF can provide a valuable foundation for a range of careers—all while helping to make a difference!

Endangered Species Chocolate and AWF have joined forces to offer you a heartwarming and stomach-satisfying Valentine's Day. Whether for yourself or your valentine, choose among the AWF Adoption Collections and show some love for Africa's wildlife. The collection comes with a one-year e-membership to AWF, a plush toy representing the species you adopted, and some delicious all-natural Endangered Species Chocolate.

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