- AWF launches Canines for Conservation, an intensive wildlife detection training program to develop national wildlife authority rangers across the continent, deploying robust sniffer dog-and-handler teams to high-risk trafficking exit ports.
- AWF established a US $10 million Urgent Response Fund to support targeted anti-poaching projects that are protecting priority populations of elephants, rhinos and other threatened wildlife.
- In September, AWF officially opened Ilima Primary School in Equatorial Province, Democratic Republic of Congo, and student enrollment increased by 40 percent.
- The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization declared the Okavango Delta as its 1000th World Heritage Site in June. AWF’s Dr. Karen Ross was instrumental in achieving the designation for this critical ecosystem.