Mixed News for Mountain Gorillas

Rwanda recently held its popular Kwita Izina Festival, which celebrates the critically endangered mountain gorilla and raises awareness about how wildlife benefits local communities. During the 8th annual event, 19 infant mountain gorillas born in Volcanoes National Park this past year were given names. Unfortunately, celebration is far from people's minds in nearby Democratic Republic of Congo, where the presence of rebels in mountain gorilla territory has led to instability. Three of the six habituated mountain gorilla groups there have been located and accounted for, but continued conflict makes further monitoring extremely difficult. Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for continued updates.

AWF Hits the Newsstands

Part of AWF's core mission is to educate the public about African wildlife conservation. If you happened to pick up the June 29 weekend edition of USA Today, you would have seen some of our efforts on that front: In a supplement discussing the most critical issues in Africa today, AWF is featured in a full page editorial (alongside one of our ads). The articles on AWF stress how a modernizing Africa puts strains on the environment—but through extensive and appropriate community engagement, like our conservation enterprises, AWF has found ways for people living alongside wildlife to benefit from their presence.

// Check out the photos from this year's Kwita Izina

// Read more in the USA Today supplement

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Elephants and giraffes often travel to find water and food, especially during the dry season. But in West Africa, increased human settlement and land use for agriculture is blocking many of their usual corridors. AWF has initiated a giraffe and elephant monitoring program—both through visual tracking and satellite collars—in our Regional Parc W Heartland to determine their movement patterns. This information will help AWF protect critical corridors for the highly endangered West African Giraffe and the region's largest remaining elephant population.

AWF funded the launch of a jiko shop in the town of Kimana in our Kilimanjaro Heartland. The jikos, eco-friendly stoves, use charcoal made from just a tree's branches, and burn it more efficiently than other stoves, making them ecological—and economical—solutions to the increasing pressures on the forests. By providing communities the opportunity and knowledge to implement sustainable cooking methods, more forest area can be protected for wildlife.

Ever dream of witnessing the famed Serengeti migration? Well, now's your chance! We still have room on our exclusive AWF Serengeti Migration Safari, scheduled for February 8–19, 2013. Led by knowledgeable AWF guides, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for AWF members to visit the popular park during the height of the great wildebeest calving and zebra foaling season, and get the scoop on how AWF is working to conserve this area. Space is limited, so book today!

AWF and Tricorona, a company focused on carbon emission reduction, recently launched a partnership to aid reforestation in Kenya's Mau Forest. For US$1.50, Tricorona clients can purchase a tree, which AWF will then plant in the Mau and, together with the local community, water and protect for one year. The Mau is an important ecosystem in East Africa, and certainly the largest in the country. How large is the forest? The first person to answer correctly on Facebook will receive an AWF windbreaker!

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// Sign up for a member safari

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