Poaching Rates at Critical Levels

Africa is home to the world’s most iconic wildlife, making it prime territory for ruthless poachers looking to profit off of illegal wildlife products. “Current rates of poaching are unsustainable,” said AWF VP Craig Sholley. With black rhino populations depleted by 98% since 1960, fewer than 900 mountain gorillas remaining, and about 25% of Grevy’s zebra populations remaining, we are indeed at a critical crossroads. If poaching and demand for illegal wildlife products persists, Africa is in danger of losing its national treasures—a cultural and economic blow.

Gorilla Water

While mountain gorillas get most of their water from the vegetation they eat, the communities living near them are not so lucky. People often enter the parks to collect water, but they then pose a risk to mountain gorillas in the form of habitat degradation and potential for disease transmission. The International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP), an AWF partner, has constructed rainwater-harvesting tanks with these communities, eliminating the need for people to enter mountain gorilla habitat for water. IGCP recently produced a documentary about water use in the Virunga Massif.

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Protecting Lions and Livestock

Nature’s Best Contest Extended

Land, Livestock, Independence

See the Serengeti with AWF!

To minimize the conflict between pastoralists and lions, AWF partner Ewaso Lions is experimenting with “Lion Lights”—an ingenious system for deterring lions, invented by a young Kenyan boy—in our Samburu landscape. AWF is proud to work with partners who find innovative solutions that prevent human–wildlife conflict, like Ewaso Lions and the Indianapolis Zoo. Indy Zoo has helped us construct about 170 predator-proof bomas in Tanzania to keep livestock secure from lions.

If you missed the deadline for the Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards and Exhibition, you’re in luck: The deadline has been extended through May 31! Submit those incredible safari photos of yours—as a proud sponsor of the “African Wildlife” category, we’re eager to see your photos exhibited at the Smithsonian Nation Museum of Natural History! Winners also have the chance to be featured in AWF’s membership calendar.

The African Union (AU) was created to promote peace and prosperity in Africa. In light of its 50th anniversary this month, we’re reflecting on our own work to achieve similar goals. In Burkina Faso, for example, we’ve worked with the Kotchari village to complete holistic land-use and healthy soil plans, as well as women’s group enterprise trainings. Support from the AU – Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources for this Land for Livelihoods project is helping communities realize their vision for a successful, sustainable future.

Join AWF as we travel to Tanzania at the perfect time of year—during the height of the great wildebeest-calving and zebra-foaling season. You are in for a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you witness the Serengeti migration and the 1—2 million animals congregating on the plains. In addition, you’ll have 12 days to explore the landscapes of Tarangire, the Ngorongoro Crater, and AWF’s conservation projects in the region. Get an inside peek into how conservation really works on the ground!

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© Photo Credits: Sanky, Torbjörn Wester, Craig R. Sholley, Robert Ross/NBP Awards 2012, Stefan De Greyling, Amy Rizzotto