Poachers Caught in Kazungula

As poaching levels spike, rangers across Africa are stepping up to protect wildlife. Last month Sekute scouts, together with Zambia Wildlife Authority, caught poachers while following their movements in our Kazungula Heartland. But we're not out of the woods yet. Rhinos, among other species, are being poached at unprecedented levels. During our emergency Rhino Summit, AWF helped draft a comprehensive plan to stop poaching, calling for better technologies for anti-poaching units, DNA cataloging of rhino horns, and stricter penalties for poachers. Donate now to help support rangers and be a part of the conservation success story of these endangered animals.

Big News for Bonobos & Communities

Last May, you helped AWF win a $100,000 award from Disney's Friends for Change: Project Greenlight online competition. We applied those funds to our bonobo work in the Congo Heartland, and thanks to you, just received some good news: The Ministry of Environment recently signed the formal gazettement of the Iyondje Community Bonobo Reserve. Formal recognition of the 1,199-sq.-km reserve will allow local people to take leadership in its management and potentially gain tourist income—while also protecting bonobos against hunting and habitat loss. Community engagement such as this is essential to the species' survival.

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Lucky Gorilla is a Grauer's

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A Sweet Treat to Help Apes

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Update on the infant gorilla Ihirwe (Kinyarwanda for "luck") who was rescued from poachers last August: DNA tests confirm that the orphan is a Grauer's gorilla, a subspecies related to mountain gorillas, and she will soon be moved to the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Centre in the DRC. Unfortunatley, an infant gorilla confiscated from poachers usually means adult gorillas have died as adults will fight valiantly to defend their young.

A key to protecting rhinos from poachers is knowing where they are! AWF recently donated 15 stealth cameras along with metal casings and memory cards to Kenya Wildlife Service for rhino monitoring and surveillance in Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary in Tsavo West National Park. AWF is a long supporter of the Tsavo West Intensive Protection Zone and these cameras will be critical in assisting rangers in their on-the-ground work to protect rhinos against dangerous poachers.

AWF recently received a generous donation of more than US$75,000 from partner Endangered Species Chocolate to support Africa's great apes. The donation is being used to leverage AWF's experience with mountain gorillas and bonobos to conduct in-depth surveys of chimpanzees and lowland gorillas in Northern Democratic Republic Congo. AWF hopes to better understand population, distributions, and threats to these two great apes and close the gap in knowledge of their abundance and distribution.

Wildlife monitoring is essential in determining which areas species move through and which corridors should be prioritized for protection. As such, AWF has begun tracking of elephants and giraffes in our Regional Parc du W Heartland. Many animals move to locate new vegetation areas, but traveling to these areas is risky for wildlife. How do giraffes protect young or weak members of the herd from predators while traveling? First person to answer correctly will receive an AWF windbreaker!

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