The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has learned with great sadness about the death of top ivory investigator Esmond Bradley Martin in Nairobi, Kenya.
A dedicated wildlife conservationist, Esmond’s groundbreaking investigations into illegal wildlife trade shaped the fight against elephant and rhino poaching. His research exposed cartels and black markets behind ivory and rhino horn trade, bringing the plight of elephants and rhinos to global attention.
AWF Trustee Veronica Verakova said Esmond’s death was a tragedy and a setback.
The African Wildlife Foundation commends Hong Kong lawmakers for voting to ban trade in ivory by the end of 2021. We applaud the government for passing stricter penalties for trafficking of ivory and endangered species. This is a bold step to curb black-market sales.
The ban comes in the wake of mounting international criticism of the trade with public support for sweeping policy changes that has seen China ban its trade in ivory, and forced major retailers to ban wildlife products from their platforms.
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and Beijing Zoo launched a partnership today to enhance the sustainable conservation of Africa’s wildlife and wild lands. The partnership signifies the need for genuine, concerted strategies and action in ensuring the continual conservation of Africa’s natural species and habitats in the face of ever-changing threats.
On Wednesday, January 10, the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) received a property that will help increase the size of Africa’s oldest park – Volcanoes National Park. Established in 1925, the park is home to mountain gorillas, the world’s most endangered ape, and is situated in the north of Rwanda bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) commends China for the implementation of the domestic ivory ban. China has made good on the commitment it made to the African Union and the African States during the 2015 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit to work with Africa in curbing elephant poaching and illegal trade in wildlife products.