Experience Africa at awf.org

If you haven’t been to the newly redesigned awf.org, you’re missing out! We invite you to travel (virtually) with us to Africa and experience the communities, landscapes, and ultimately, the continent, that we serve in a way you’ve never seen before. Encounter stunning wildlife photos, videos, and interactive content. Share what you see on social media. Connect with other supporters. And take us with you wherever you go: You can access the “new” awf.org on any device—from mobile phone, to tablet, to desktop.

Yao Ming Joins the Team

Last week we launched a major public awareness campaign, targeting the consumption of rhino horn and ivory, in China with Yao Ming, WildAid, and Save the Elephants. The campaign comes at a critical time, as rhino poaching rates increase without any sign of slowing—a trend Dr. Philip Muruthi, AWF’s chief scientist, attributes to high demand for rhino horns in the Asian market. A survey AWF and WildAid conducted in China last November found that two out of three participants did not know that rhino horn came from a poached rhino.

// Explore the new website

// Watch Yao’s PSA


Puppies Primed to Fight Wildlife Trade

A Continent of Change

AWF Trivia

Do you have what it takes to be a nature documentary filmmaker? Here’s your chance to find out, with the WILD to INSPIRE Short Film Competition from AWF, Nat Geo WILD, and the Sun Valley Film Festival. Enter an inspiring short film on nature for the chance to win an apprenticeship with an acclaimed National Geographic filmmaker in AWF’s Maasai Steppe Heartland in Africa. Submissions are accepted April 1 through Oct. 1, 2013.

We first gave you a glimpse of the sniffer dogs in August 2012. Today, we’re happy to report that we were able to grant Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) more than $15,500 to purchase 8 new puppies—including 4 Labradors! These pups are adorable, but they mean business: After a 2-month training program with KWS’ canine unit, they will be sent to Kenya’s air and sea ports to sniff out contraband ivory and rhino horn from cargo.

AWF supporters, we invite you to check out our recently published 2012 Annual Report, “A Continent of Change.” Thanks to your support, critical rhino and elephant populations were protected in Southern Africa, the kids at Manyara Ranch Primary School received a state-of-the-art computer lab, and AWF has been able to move into new landscapes, including Bili-Uele—to protect endangered chimps.

Uganda is known for its mountain gorillas, but AWF is now working countrywide to help boost its tourism industry. In partnership with USAID, AWF is implementing tourism investments that will provide rural communities with incentives to conserve habitats and foster economic growth. Be the first, in a Facebook comment, to correctly name 3 of the 5 areas we’re working in, and win an AWF windbreaker.

// Enter the competition if you’re feeling WILD

// Learn about the Canine Detection Unit

// Check out the annual report

// Answer on Facebook

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Annual Report

Read AWF's 2012 Annual Report in English or French.

Symbolic Adoptions

Make a gift by adopting an African animal through our partner Endangered Species Chocolate.

African Safaris

Who hasn't dreamed of going on a wildlife-viewing safari to Africa? Plan your trip with AWF.

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

Please visit www.awf.org to learn more.

© Photo Credits: Billy Dodson, WildAid, Aquavision TV Productions. AWF, Kenya Wildlife Service, Craig R. Sholley