During the last year, AWF doubled its number of Conservation Service Centers (CSCs). The two original CSCs are in Nairobi and Arusha. In 2000, a third center opened in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and a fourth in White River, South Africa.
AWF hired Isidore Gwashure, formerly a top executive in southern Africa's ecotourism industry, to direct the CSC program. Now based at AWF's Office of African Operations in Nairobi, he has concluded agreements with two major southern African tourism companies and is negotiating additional contracts.
For the first time in nearly thirty years, elephants have been sighted in the Central Kajido District, which is located in the Kilimanjaro Heartland. The Kilimanjaro Heartland straddles between the borders of Tanzania and Kenya. The Heartland supports exceptional biological and other values, such as the best known and studied population of African elephants in the world. It is also home to endangered species including cheetah and wild dogs, and contains an important system of wetlands welling up from Mt. Kilimanjaro.
by R. Michael Wright, President, AWF
Fifteen-foot crocodiles slithered across the sandbanks and plunged into the river as the vibrations of the South African National Park Service helicopter reached them. We seemed perilously close to the red rock walls of the canyons of the Olifants River, but the dexterity of the pilot was remarkable. Pulling up at the last minute, we swung over the lip of the gorge. To our right lay the wildlife-rich expanse of Kruger National Park, and to the left was the vast empty wilderness of Coutada 16 in Mozambique.
Annette Lanjouw, Director of the International Gorilla Conservation Program (IGCP), told the National Press Club Friday that mining for Coltan is presenting a new threat to conservation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. This issue strikes close to home in the United States, because Coltan is a rare earth metal used in numerous consumer electronics products, computer components, and advanced aviation and aerospace industries.
The African Wildlife Foundation is pleased to announce that Eugene Rutagarama was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize on April 23, 2001,in San Francisco. Rutagarama, a Rwandan, is a conservationist working for the AWF-supported International Gorilla Conservation Program (IGCP). He has put his life on the line to protect the world's dwindling mountain gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei) population from the ravages of civil war and human encroachment.