The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is proud to welcome Sir Ketumile Masire, Former President of the Republic of Botswana, as its newest Board of Trustees member. Masire is regarded throughout Africa as an outstanding democratic leader, known for his honor and promotion of good governance. As the Chair of the African Leadership Council his work emphasizes constitutionalism, the rule of law, ethics, accountability, diversity, good fiscal management and much more.
Running wild' took on a whole new meaning June 26th 2004 as 500 runners from 19 countries competed in the 5th annual Safaricom marathon. The marathon did not wind through city streets lined with skyscrapers, but instead the course weaved through the golden plains of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, a teeming game reserve set against the backdrop of Mt. Kenya.
Thanks to concerted efforts by many, including the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), the black rhino is no longer on the brink of extinction.
Today, the World Conservation Union (IUCN) estimates that 3,600 black rhinos roam in Africa, 500 more than two years ago. While these numbers may not seem significant, it is important to note that beginning in the 1970s the black rhino population suffered a huge decline from about 65,000 to 2,400 by the mid-1990s.
In Botswana, when you think of tourism, the first thing that comes to mind is the Okavango Delta, known worldwide for its beauty, abundant wildlife, mokoro (dugout canoes), and exclusive tourist camps. For many of the visitors to the Okavango, these exclusive and luxurious camps invoke treasured memories.
AWF Samburu Heartland team members met with rangers, wardens, and scouts from several reserves and community ranches for a two day refresher course in Ranger Based Monitoring (RBM) on May 24th and 25th. The course was held at the Samburu Lodge, located on the bank of the Ewaso Nyiro River in Samburu National Reserve. Ms. Fiesta Warinwa, Heartland Coordinator, organized the event, which helped to clarify and refine skills the rangers learned in the RBM training held in April of 2003.