The African Wildlife Foundation is excited to announce the appointment of Mr. Kaddu Kiwe Sebunya as the new Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2019. Kaddu, a Ugandan, brings to the table a keen understanding of the continent, its systems and its people.
On Dec. 17, 2018, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) in collaboration with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) launched a new kennel facility in Mombasa, Kenya. Under the Canines For Conservation program, Dr. Charles Musyoki, KWS Director General, alongside Dr. Philip Muruthi, AWF VP of Species Protection, officially opened the facility emphasizing on the importance of the program and the impact it has made in the past few years.
Elephants are still the most poached species for international trade in Sub-Saharan Africa, a three-year project by the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has reported. The research, which focused on U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Biosphere Reserves, found that elephant poaching levels were still high despite intense conservation efforts.
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and Irdeto have partnered to combat poaching and wildlife crimes online. The illegal selling of animal parts is the fourth biggest illicit industry worldwide behind drugs, counterfeit goods, and human trafficking. These wildlife crimes not only decimate animal populations but also have a negative effect on the entire ecosystem, impacting local economies that rely on these ecosystems for tourism. By joining forces, AWF and Irdeto aim to protect animals from these crimes by leveraging Irdeto’s suite of cybersecurity services and technologies to investigate, identify, and disrupt the sale of animal parts on the internet. The partnership will also work with local law enforcement, providing key forensic data and intelligence to help locate and arrest the criminals responsible for this illegal trading.
On Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, Mozambique officially welcomed a specialized team of detection dogs and their handlers to Maputo. The new unit has been established to enhance law enforcement activities at critical points along the country’s most notorious trafficking routes.