AWF completed the construction of new headquarters and staff housing for the wardens and rangers of Samburu National Reserve in late April. Located in the Kenya's northern frontier, Samburu National Reserve is one of Kenya's most spectacular protected areas. The arid landscape is home to reticulated giraffes, Grevy's zebras, beisa oryxes, and gerenuks - specialized species which can only be found north of the equator. They share the landscape with elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs, and other species that thrive in the grasslands and acacia woodlands of the reserve.
On April 17th, 2006 Mr. Emmanuel Muyengi, District Game Officer of Simanjiro District in northern Tanzania, was shot by poachers and died. Mr. Muyengi was leading a raid on elephant poachers in Simanjiro on April 16th. The poachers were reportedly in possession of two vehicles, elephant tusks and firearms and ammunition. In the course of apprehending the poaching gang, Mr. Muyengi was targeted and shot in the leg. The poachers used the ensuing confusion during the shoot-out to escape on foot into the bush. The two vehicles and tusks were seized by authorities.
Join AWF's Craig Sholley this summer for the African Safari of a lifetime. Visit some of the best wildlife areas that East Africa has to offer with the people who know the land, the wildlife and the people the best. Having worked in Africa for 45 years, AWF has designed a unique safari that you won't want to miss.
Main Safari - northern Tanzania circuit: June 4 - 13, 2006
Optional pre-trip extension to go Gorilla-Trekking in Uganda: May 31 - June 5, 2006
Optional post-trip extension to the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania: June 13 - 16, 2006
Dr. Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement (GBM) and winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, is visiting Starbucks Coffee Company headquarters on March 14, 2006. Dr. Maathai, a member of the Kenyan Parliament, arranged the visit to learn more about Starbucks approach to coffee sustainability best practices.
(Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo) "Our small Cessna Caravan plane flew for two hours north of the capital Kinshasa towards the Equateur Province where our Congo Heartland is located," wrote AWF President Patrick Bergin on a recent trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa. "Below us were seemingly endless dense tropical forests with scattered broad sleepy water-ways winding through the trees on their way to join the mighty Congo River.