African Wildlife Foundation, together with the people of Africa, works to ensure the wildlife and wild lands of Africa will endure forever. Click here for more information.
Nearly half of all of Africa’s elephants are protected by AWF and their partners.
Lion’s have lost 42 percent of their population due to habitat loss. Growing human populations and development take much of their habitat, making it harder for lions to find prey and avoid contact with people and their livestock.
AWF’s Ruaha Carnivore Project has successfully reduced attacks on livestock by 60 percent, leading to an 80 percent decline in the killing of lions, cheetah, wild dogs and leopards by humans.
The Constitutional Court in South Africa has dismissed an appeal by the Department of Environmental Affairs to uphold a moratorium on the domestic rhino horn trade. This is potentially disastrous for Africa’s imperiled rhino population. Experience with the elephant ivory trade has shown that a legal trade does not reduce wildlife trafficking but instead has the potential to make the matter worse.
Jackals mate for life and older siblings may stick around to babysit younger pups.
Zebras in warmer climates tend to have more stripes.
IUCN recently moved giraffes from “least concern” to “vulnerable” as habitat loss drives this iconic species closer to extinction. AWF works in landscapes across Africa to reverse this trend and protect critical giraffe populations.
African wild dogs are endangered with only an estimated 6,600 remaining.
AWF’s African Apes Initiative and our partners working in the Congo, Senegal, and Cameroon monitor and protect critical populations.
It’s estimated that there are fewer than 7,000 cheetahs in the wild. More than 75% of their range is on unprotected lands. Photography by @clement.wild
Hippos are the third-largest living land mammals, after elephants and white rhinos.
A pangolin’s scales are more than just an accessory. By rolling up in a ball, they can defend themselves against predators and can seriously injure any paw or snout that gets between their armored scales. Photography by @andylowephotography
Photos by African Wildlife Foundation