Yet with a population of nearly 1 billion and growing, the continent is undergoing rapid development, putting significant pressure on wildlife, wild lands, and natural resources. Africa’s forests and wildlife habitat are being converted to farmland and logged for fuel and construction at an unprecedented rate. In many places this has led to massive habitat loss, which is driving the decline of great apes, large carnivores, and many other imperiled species.
Africa is benefiting from increased trade with other parts of the world, and now has some of the fastest growing economies. However this trade has had an unintended consequence of also making it easier for global criminal syndicates to traffic illegal wildlife products such as elephant ivory and rhino horn, which are in high demand in countries like China and the United States. This has helped spur a poaching crisis that threatens to drive rhinos, elephants, and other targeted wildlife into extinction.
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) believes the people of Africa should not have to sacrifice the continent’s unparalleled wildlife and wild lands in order to prosper. It takes the view that there should be no tradeoff between progress and conservation. Instead, conservation can be at the root of progress. Done right, people and wildlife can coexist – even thrive.
For more than 50 years, the AWF has worked with communities across the continent to advance a strategy of land protection, species conservation, sustainable economic development, and capacity building/education. It is also taking a leadership role in addressing the most urgent threats to Africa’s wildlife — namely, poaching and habitat loss.
Through focused work, extensive community engagement, and a science-based approach, AWF is achieving creative conservation solutions across Africa’s wild landscapes.
Fondation Philanthropia has been supporting AWF’s rhino conservation efforts in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park in South Africa.
Founded in 1961 and headquartered in Nairobi, the African Wildlife Foundation is the leading international conservation organization focused exclusively on Africa
Africa, in particular sub-Saharan
To work together with the people of Africa to ensure the wildlife and wild lands of Africa endure forever
Rural and/or isolated communities living alongside wildlife
The African Wildlife Foundation’s work has resulted in:
- 11.8 million acres of land under improved conservation management
- 15 target wildlife populations with improved conservation status
- USD 3.5 million in direct financial benefits disbursed to communities
- 7 conservation enterprise projects opened for business
In particular: Arcus Foundation, Chester Zoo, Disney Worldwide Services, Endangered Species Chocolate, Kenya Wildlife Service, MAVA Foundation, Prince Bernhard Nature Fund, Sekute Community Development Trust, Turner Foundation, and WildAid