African Wildlife Foundation

African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)

WHAT: Protecting Africa’s wildlife and natural landscapes.                   
IN DETAIL: AWF is engaged with the conservation of ecosystems alongside the protection of wildlife and resolution of human-wildlife conflict.   
WHERE: Africa

The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), founded in 1961 as the African Wildlife Leadership Foundation, is an international conservation organization that focuses on critically important landscapes in Africa.[1]

AWF’s programs and conservation strategies are designed to protect the wildlife and wild lands of Africa and ensure a more sustainable future for Africa’s people. AWF stops the degradation of animals and the world’s environment.

Since its inception, the organization has protected endangered species and land, promoted conservation enterprises that benefit local African communities, and trained hundreds of African nationals in conservation—all to ensure the survival of Africa’s unparalleled wildlife heritage.

Priority landscapes

AWF used to call the landscapes that it supports “heartlands”; now, the organization employs a “priority landscape” approach.[18] Heartlands include:[19]

Countries Priority landscape Start Notes
Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo 2003 Moist tropical forest between the Lopori and Maringa Rivers. Home of the endangered bonobo
Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe Kazungula 2001 Woodland-grassland mosaic with important wildlife migration corridors around the Zambezi River
Kenya & Tanzania Kilimanjaro 1999 Wetlands and savanna surrounding Mount Kilimanjaro
Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe Limpopo 2002 Savannahs, woodlands, rivers and floodplains around the Limpopo River
Tanzania Maasai Steppe 1999 Savannah including Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Park
Niger, Burkina Faso, Benin Parc W 2010 Protected savanna in West Africa.
Kenya Samburu 1999 Acacia grassland near to Mount Kenya
Congo, Rwanda and Uganda Virunga 1999 Volcanic highland mountains, home of the last 700 mountain gorillas in the world
Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe Zambezi 2000 Zambezi River, tributaries, acacia floodplain and interconnecting wetlands
Democratic Republic of the Congo Bili Uele 2013 Savanna mosaic north of the Uele River and lowland primary forest to the south. Home of the chimpanzee and forest elephant
Namibia Etosha-Skeleton Coast 2013 Vast salt pan, woodland, and savanna ecosystems
South Africa Great Fish River 2013 A 45,000-hectare reserve in the Great Fish River valley, home to increasingly vulnerable population of critically endangered black rhino.
Zimbabwe Save Valley Save Valley Conservancy, home to endangered rhinos
Cameroon Faro 2012 In addition to hosting the largest population of hippos in Cameroon, Faro National Park is home to elephants, black rhinos, cheetahs, hyenas, and other wildlife.
Kenya Mau Forest 2011 The Mau Forest Complex sits within Kenya’s Rift Valley and is the largest indigenous montane forest in East Africa.
Tanzania Ruaha 2012 The Ruaha area will intersect with an agriculture corridor that the Tanzanian government wants to develop in southern Tanzania.

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