AWF Newsletter August 2017
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Crushing Poachers’ Profits

New York once again shows its commitment to the fight for elephant conservation. On August 3, New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation, together with Tiffany and Co., AWF, and a coalition of conservation organizations, crushed 2 tons of confiscated elephant ivory – worth over U.S. $8 million. The crush, held in New York’s iconic Central Park, brought together retailers, government agencies, conservation organizations, and hundreds of passionate advocates like you, in a show of solidarity. However, New York’s great strides against the ivory trade could be in jeopardy because of a new bill on the table before Congress. H.R. 2603 is being called the SAVES Act, but it aims to exclude species that are not native to the United States from the Endangered Species Act. This move would remove protections from Africa’s most threatened wildlife at a time when they need it most.

> You can take action to stop the bill
Remembering Conservationist Wayne Lotter

Dedicated conservationist and co-founder of the PAMS Foundation, Wayne Lotter, was killed on August 16 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Lotter devoted his life to Africa’s wildlife, including while working as a ranger in his native South Africa and later leading the charge against poaching in Tanzania. AWF worked together with Lotter and PAMS in Ruvumba and Selous in Tanzania. “Africa has lost a great friend and champion for wildlife,” said AWF President Kaddu Sebunya.

> ¬ Remembering his legacy
Help us deploy more sniffer dogs, equip rangers, and train prosecutors so we can put more wildlife traffickers behind bars.
Inspiring young conservationists in Uganda

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Endangered wild dogs find safety in Zimbabwe

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AWF provides new vehicle for Kenya’s canines

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Building sustainability through agriculture

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Take Action

Tell Congress the Endangered Species Act should protect all species, and not just those native to the U.S. Send your message and share.

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Fun Fact

The hyrax is a small, furry animal that resembles an oversized guinea pig. In spite of its rodent-like appearance, hyraxes are said to be the elephant’s closest living relative.

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