The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is deeply saddened to hear that the northern white rhino is teetering on the edge of extinction. With the death of the last remaining male rhino yesterday, this subspecies is all but gone due to poaching. This is just another tragic reminder of how culpable humans are for the loss of the world’s most charismatic wildlife, and that we all must become global stewards for Africa.
Saturday, March 3, marked World Wildlife Day 2018. This year’s events across the globe were designed to draw attention to the increasingly tangible threats big cats face. From Africa to the Amazon to Siberia, big cats have quietly come under serious fire over the last few decades.
On Monday, February 12, President Trump released his proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal year. The African Wildlife Foundation is disappointed in the proposal and considers it a neglectful and shortsighted fiscal blueprint that positions the United States to take a back seat in the global fight to protect wildlife domestically and abroad.
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.