Bart Walter's Bronze Sculpture to Honor Uganda's Commitment to Gorilla Conservation
With only 300 African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) left in Kenya, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and our partners are working diligently to mitigate the key threats to this important carnivore. Research on this highly endangered predator is conducted in parts of Laikipia, Samburu, Isiolo, and Baringo districts in northern Kenya, a landscape that AWF calls the Samburu Heartland. This area contains a mosaic of land-use types, including pastoralist areas, commercial livestock ranches, areas devoted to wildlife-based tourism, small-scale farming, and protected areas.
President Kagame, wildlife authorities, conservation groups, and residents of Rwanda came together on Saturday for the naming of 30 endangered mountain gorilla babies (Gorilla beringei beringei). There are only 700 mountain gorillas surviving in the world, and 380 of them are in Rwanda. For Rwanda and its people, conservation of mountain gorillas is more than simply preserving one of the world's last great ape species. The gorillas are the country's main tourist attraction and have become perhaps the country's greatest icon.
WASHINGTON & NAIROBI; June 23, 2005 Building on its ongoing global coffee sustainability commitment in coffee farms and cooperatives throughout the world, Starbucks Coffee Company (Nasdaq: SBUX) and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) today announced the launch of the "Coffee for Conservation" project, which is aimed at promoting coffee quality, environmental sustainability and natural resource conservation in east Africa.
AWF strongly believes that Africans are the ideal stewards of the continent's natural resources and that's why more than 80 percent of AWF's staff are African. But, AWF believes that simply hiring Africans is not enough. In order to empower Africans to help the wildlife and wild lands survive, AWF invests many resources in training and educating future conservationists. Naturally, this includes helping individuals pursue advanced degrees in conservation-related fields. It also includes investing in individuals who have shown a keen interest in helping to conserve Africa's wildlife.