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AWF Launches New Kennel Facility to Strengthen the War Against Illegal Wildlife Trade

  • 12/18/18
  • Nairobi, Kenya
Photo of KWS and AWF VP Species Protection Dr. Philip Muruthi at new kennel in Mombasa, Kenya

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.

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Elephants are Still the Most Poached Species, Says New AWF Study

  • 12/13/18
  • Nairobi, Kenya
Photo of lone African elephant in savanna grassland in Amboseli National Park, Kenya

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.

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AWF and Irdeto Join Forces to Hunt Down Wildlife Crimes Online

  • 12/10/18
  • Amsterdam
Close-up photo of adult rhino in Tsavo conservation area in Kenya

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.

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AWF-Trained Wildlife Detection Dogs Deployed to Mozambique Borders

  • 11/28/18
  • Nairobi, Kenya
Close-up photo of AWF-trained wildlife detection sniffer dogs on arrival in Maputo, Mozambique

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.

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AWF Statement at Sustainable Blue Economy Conference

  • 11/26/18
  • Nairobi, Kenya
Photo of AWF CEO Kaddu Sebunya addressing Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, Kenya

As the primary advocate for the protection of wildlife and wild lands as an essential part of a modern and prosperous Africa, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) recognizes that the blue economy is critical to sustaining Africa’s life support systems.

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