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Boost to Regional Tourism as Uganda Streamlines Immigration Restrictions

  • 10/06/17
  • Nairobi
Photo of crowd and panel speakers at Giants Club Giants Club Conservation and Investment Forum

Tourists will be able to fly directly into Uganda’s pristine national parks without needing first to clear immigration at the country’s international airport. 

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Ma Weidu Speaks Out Against Rhino Horn Collectibles on World Rhino Day

  • 09/22/17
  • Washington, D.C.
Image of Chinese antiques collector Ma Weidu holding a piece of rhino horn


Ma Weidu: Collectables rooted in killing are valueless


Media and conservation groups joined renowned Chinese collector Ma Weidu on World Rhino Day to release his new PSA on protecting rhinos. Hosted by National Geographic’s Traveler magazine along with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and WildAid, the “Travel for Earth” event focused on ecotourism, highlighting experiences to see rhinos.

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AWF Board Member Veronica Varekova Takes Part in Rhino Horn Burn at the Dvur Kralove Zoo

  • 09/20/17
  • Nairobi
Photo of supermodel Veronica Varekova lighting the fire at the Dvur Kralove rhino horn burn

The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) Global Ambassador and Board Member, Veronica Varekova was among the key personalities invited by the Dvur Kralove Zoo in the in the central Czech Republic city of Dvur Kralove for the third rhino horn burning ceremony today.

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AWF Board Member and Supermodel Veronica Varekova Takes Part in Kwita Izina

  • 08/31/17
  • Nairobi

“I am both proud and humbled to be part of Kwita Izina, because if there is a more powerful statement of our spiritual connection to nature than what Rwanda has done with the mountain gorillas, then I am yet to find it," says Veronica Varekova. 

Supermodel and philanthropist Veronica Varekova is among the international personalities invited by the Rwandan Government for Kwita Izina, the baby gorilla naming ceremony. The function will be held in Volcanoes National Park on Friday, September 1, 2017.

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South Africa’s Rhino Horn Auction is a Big Setback for Conservation

  • 08/23/17
  • Nairobi
Domestic rhino horn trade in South Africa

The ruling by the High Court in Pretoria authorizing an online auction of 264 rhino horns is potentially disastrous for Africa’s imperiled rhino population.

The African rhino has suffered high levels of poaching and the auction could provide legal cover for criminal gangs in the illicit rhino horn trade. AWF believes that there are no adequate mechanisms at any level — local, national, regional, or international — to control such trade.

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