AWF Newsletter January 2018
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AWF Expands Mountain Gorilla Sanctuary

AWF in partnership with the Government of Rwanda and Rwanda Development Board has expanded Africa’s oldest park for the first time in over 30 years. On Jan. 10, African Wildlife Foundation donated a 27.8-hectare property to the Government of Rwanda and Rwanda Development Board. The donated land is adjacent to Volcanoes National Park, located in the narrowest part of the park in an area where the critically endangered mountain gorillas wander across the park boundary, increasing the risk of human-gorilla conflict and the danger of exposure to deadly diseases. Less than 1,000 mountain gorillas remain in the world today, and they are found only in two regions — the Virunga Massif where Volcanoes National Park is located and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Despite their critically endangered status, mountain gorillas are the only great ape increasing in population, and habitat expansion is critical to sustain population growth. Mountain gorillas and Volcanoes National Park are an economic engine for Rwanda. The country generated US$400 million from tourism in 2016, and revenue is projected to continue increasing. AWF has been supporting mountain gorilla conservation in Rwanda for almost four decades and is committed to continue working with the Government of Rwanda and Rwanda Development Board to ensure that gorillas and other wildlife in the park can thrive.

> Read more about Rwanda and AWF’s partnership
AWF Welcomes New CEO

Tom Ogilvie-Graham’s passion for Africa’s wildlife and its people is evident throughout his career. He's worked to enhance anti-poaching efforts, promoted community conservation and development, as well as created free community veterinary services. This month, Tom joins AWF as Chief Executive Officer, and we couldn’t be more excited for his natural leadership to steer AWF to the next strategic level of achieving its mission of ensuring wildlife and wild lands thrive in a modern Africa.

> Meet our new CEO
We started 2018 by expanding Africa’s oldest national park and sanctuary to the mountain gorilla. Give now to help us keep up the momentum this year.
China ushers in 2018 with domestic ivory ban

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Empowering Ethiopia’s future conservationists

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How conservation leads to agricultural success

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Fun Fact

Mountain gorillas are the world’s most endangered ape, but there’s good news. They are also the only great ape increasing in population size.

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