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.
“Tom is a natural-born leader whose impressive career and abilities are matched by his drive, passion for conservation, and charisma.” — AWF Board Chair Heather Haaga
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has appointed Dr. Tom Ogilvie-Graham as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective January 3, 2018. He succeeds Dr. Patrick J. Bergin who retired in June 2017 after 27 years at AWF, 16 of them as CEO.
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.