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Boosting Wildlife Conservation with Technology

December 9th, 2015

Love elephants, lions and giraffes but don’t have the time or money to take an African safari? Today is your lucky day! Google and Aid for Africa member Lewa Wildlife […]

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Will Ending Trophy Hunting Save Africa’s Lions?

August 6th, 2015

The illegal killing in Zimbabwe of Cecil, a lion that was protected and was the subject of a research study, has drawn international attention to wildlife trophy hunting in Africa. […]

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Saving the Leopard with Furs for Life

May 13th, 2015

It has the widest range of all big cats in the world and was once ubiquitous throughout much of Africa and Eurasia. But the leopard has fallen on hard times. […]

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The African Golden Cat: Rising Star of Videos and Photos

February 5th, 2015

When you think about wild cats in Africa, chances are what comes to mind is a majestic lion or sleek cheetah.  You probably don’t think about the African golden cat, […]

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Thousands around the World Marching to Save the Elephant

October 3rd, 2014

On Saturday, October 4, in what organizers are billing as the largest demonstration of its kind, thousands of people in 120 cities around the world will join the second annual […]

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Lions in West Africa Are on the Brink of Extinction

January 16th, 2014

In a blog a year ago, we reported on a steep decline in the African lion population. At that time, researchers estimated the lion population in West Africa to be […]

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U.S. President’s Recent Trip to Africa Good for its People and Its Wildlife

July 17th, 2013

President Obama’s recent trip to Africa was good news for the African people, but it was also good news for African wildlife.  The President brought attention to the continent’s strong […]

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Will the African Rhino Share the Fate of the African Elephant?

May 3rd, 2013

Most people don’t think they are as beautiful as elephants, and they don’t have ivory tusks, but rhinos, with their distinctive horns, are one of Africa’s wonders that now may […]

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Will African Elephants Be Extinct in Ten Years?

February 28th, 2013

If you watched the National Geographic special Battle for the Elephants on PBS last night, you’re probably concerned about the fate of one of Africa’s greatest natural treasures—and with good […]

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Africa’s Lions in Steep Decline

December 8th, 2012

A surprising new study released this week finds that Africa is losing its lions, fast.  The lion population in Africa declined from 100,000 to about 32,000 over the last 50 […]

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Endangered Speedster of the African Wild

November 13th, 2012

They’re beautiful, they go from zero to 60 miles an hour in three seconds, and they’re endangered.  Cheetahs—the race cars of the wild—have declined since 1900 from more than 100,000 […]

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Landscape Approaches Ease Conflicts and Promote Sustainable Development

June 29th, 2012

Farmers versus environmentalists. Rural food alliances versus tourism. Ranchers versus private industry.  Can we build alliances between them in Africa to increase food production? Boost rural incomes? Restore degraded land […]

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Wolves, Okapis, and Painted Dogs – Oh my!

June 6th, 2012

African wildlife often conjures images of rhinos, zebras, or elephants. But there are hundreds of animal species that call Africa home.  For instance, did you know that wolves are native […]

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Earth Day—Uniting Voices Worldwide for a Sustainable Future

April 21st, 2012

Did you know that on April 22, 1970—the first Earth Day—20 million Americans demonstrated from coast to coast in the United States to call for a healthy, sustainable environment? For […]

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Singing the Praises of Wildlife Conservation

February 22nd, 2012

Aid for Africa does not often enough sing the praises of its members who are working to conserve wildlife in Sub Saharan Africa.  But, as you are about to read, […]

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Can we save Africa’s lions and other big cats from extinction?

December 16th, 2011

Panthera vice president George Schaller laments the demise of big cats in the December issue of National Geographic and asks if we as a people have the will to save […]

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Community-Based Conservation Efforts to Protect Wildlife

September 22nd, 2011

Tomorrow, September 22, is World Rhino Day, when  international attention is raised about the senseless slaughter of these amazing animals due to the mythical belief held by many that rhino horn contains magical healing properties.

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Elephant Poaching on the Rise Again: Kenyan Government Burns Ivory to Raise Awareness

July 22nd, 2011

The Kenyan Government burned five tons of elephant ivory worth $16 million July 20 to alert the world to a recent surge in elephant deaths from poaching.

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Great Ape Trust Recognized for its Research Efforts with Bonobos and Chimpanzees

April 29th, 2011

Aid for Africa member Great Ape Trust has two reasons to celebrate.  In Iowa, the Trust’s Sue Savage-Rumbaugh was named one of the TIME 100 for 2011 for her work […]

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Focus on Women: Ugandan Finds Calling as a "Gorilla Doctor"

March 11th, 2011

Aid for Africa member Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP) has a new veterinarian–Dr. Racheal Mbabazi.  Racheal graduated from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, in 2010 with a degree in veterinary […]

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Focus on Women: Ugandan Finds Calling as a “Gorilla Doctor”

March 11th, 2011

Aid for Africa member Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP) has a new veterinarian–Dr. Racheal Mbabazi.  Racheal graduated from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, in 2010 with a degree in veterinary […]

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Saving Africa’s Forests

February 11th, 2011

The United Nations designated 2011 the International Year of Forests and is working to highlight the importance of forests worldwide. Nowhere are forests more important than in Africa. More than […]

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Scientific Research Underpins Development Advancements

June 16th, 2010

An elephant trampling a farmer’s field is a frequent problem in many parts of Africa. One elephant can destroy a farmer’s entire crop. Recent news reports suggest that research scientists […]

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Embracing Local Community Needs is Key to Conserving Africa’s Wildlife

April 16th, 2010

Today, in his column in the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof writes about the demise of the African wild dog, also known as the painted dog.  Once numbering in the hundreds of thousands throughout Africa, the painted dog is about to disappear—only a few thousand remain in four countries.

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Working to Save Africa's Rich Biodiversity

February 25th, 2010

The United Nations has named 2010 International Biodiversity Year, acknowledging the continued loss of plant and animal species around the world from population growth, urbanization, deteriorating habitats, invasive species, and […]

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Working to Save Africa’s Rich Biodiversity

February 25th, 2010

The United Nations has named 2010 International Biodiversity Year, acknowledging the continued loss of plant and animal species around the world from population growth, urbanization, deteriorating habitats, invasive species, and […]

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