AWF Newsletter April 2017
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South Africa Legalizes Rhino Horn Trade

April began with devastating news for South Africa’s rhino, as domestic rhino horn trade became legal in the country. South Africa’s Constitutional Court dismissed an appeal by the Department of Environmental Affairs to uphold a moratorium on the domestic trade in rhino horn. Africa’s rhino are threatened by unprecedented levels of poaching driven by consumers who erroneously believe that rhino horn is a medicinal cure-all for everything from headaches to cancer. The domestic legalization will allow criminal gangs to have legal cover under which to operate and is an indisputable setback in the fight to protect Africa’s rhino. “We at African Wildlife Foundation despair for what this will mean for the survival of the species,” says Philip Muruthi, AWF’s vice president for species protection.

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Saving Wildlife Through Tourism

Earlier this month, AWF signed a partnership agreement with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, underscoring the need for sustainable tourism to be developed in harmony with wildlife, natural resources, and a modern Africa. "The partnership…presents a chance to play an active role in the fundamental changes taking place in our society,” said AWF President Kaddu Sebunya.

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Rhino horn costs more than gold. Donate today to help AWF educate consumers and reduce demand to put an end to the slaughter.
Engaging girls in education and conservation

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Encouraging conservation through enterprise

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Addressing human-wildlife conflict in Africa

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China’s key role in African conservation

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Action for Earth Day

Take a stand for the climate in honor of Earth Day and sign AWF’s climate change petition.

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Fun Fact

The sitatunga is Africa’s only amphibious antelope. Its splayed hooves and shaggy, oily coat are adapted for an aquatic habitat.

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