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AWF Newsletter   November 2014
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Terrorist groups profit from wildlife crime
  Terrorist Groups Profit from Wildlife Crime

Nearly 15 percent of Africa's poached elephants are in, or close to, conflict zones, according to a recent UN Environment Programme and Interpol report. Terrorists and other non-state actors are responsible for 90 percent of the poaching. These armed groups receive up to US $12.3 million annually from the illegal ivory trade alone, with additional profits coming from the exploitation of other natural resources, such as charcoal. During a wildlife summit held in Tanzania earlier this month, AWF CEO Patrick Bergin urged countries to prosecute these crimes to the fullest extent of the law. "When people start receiving punitive sentences and going to jail, the traffickers will realize the weather has shifted," Bergin said.

> Learn about the summit
  Gifts that Give Back

As the holiday season approaches, here are a few ideas to help you find something for your loved ones and protect wildlife at the same time. As passionate supporters, we know you are always looking for new ways to get involved in AWF's efforts, and these ideas will have you crossing items off of your shopping list while you contribute to the conservation of Africa's treasured wildlife.

> Start shopping for wildlife
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Lion listed threatened
  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service moves to recognize the African lion as "threatened" and to tighten regulations around import of lion trophies

> Find out why
Rhino poachers caught
  Two South African poaching kingpins were charged by the US government with operating a rhino horn trafficking syndicate

> Read AWF's statement
WILD to INSPIRE competition
  AWF, Nat Geo WILD and Sun Valley Film Festival launch the second WILD to INSPIRE film competition for wildlife filmmakers

> Enter your film today
Mau Reforestation
  The Mau reforestation effort celebrates the addition of 200,000 new tree seedlings, bringing the total number of trees planted to 530,000

> See how we're saving forests
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Fun fact: Vervet Monkey
  Fun Fact

Vervet monkey society is built on a strict social hierarchy, and a mother's social standing determines her infant's.
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