modern poaching's toll

See through the eyes of a poacher and help us fight for Africa's wildlife.

about 900 remain

Mountain Gorilla

mountain gorilla

Mountain Gorillas are sold by poachers as trophies - either in pieces or still alive to zoos.

deadly snares:

  • Poachers' traps
  • Disreputable zoos
  • Wealthy "pet" owners

Humans are the mountain gorilla's only predator. We are also the only hope for them and Africa's other great apes. Take action to stop poaching now.

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poached at 9% a year

Forest Elephant

forest elephant

Forest elephants are cursed with ivory–62% have been killed for it in the last decade.

deadliest weapons:

  • AK-47s
  • Night vision goggles
  • Low-flying helicopters

There is so much we still need to know about the forest elephant, but our time could be limited. Help us fight poaching—take action now.

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about 25K remain



Many people believe rhino horns have the power to cure cancer and other diseases, but they're made of the same material as our hair and nails.

deadliest weapons:

  • Automatic rifles
  • Hacksaws
  • Helicopter gunships

Rhinos are teetering on the brink of extinction, and we are the only ones who can save them. Take action to fight poaching now.

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about 32K remain



deadliest weapons:

  • Automatic rifles
  • Cyanide poison
  • Human–wildlife conflict

There's nothing courageous about killing lions. Help us protect this iconic leader of the animal kingdom. Take action now.

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about 470K remain

Savanna Elephant

savanna elephant

deadliest weapons:

  • AK-47s
  • Night vision goggles
  • Cyanide
  • Low-flying helicopters

Humans are the savanna elephant's only predator. We are also their only hope. Take action to stop poaching now.

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What we're doing

what we're doing

AWF is working to curb the demand for illegal wildlife trading and empower the people of Africa to protect their natural heritage.

in the world:

  • Airing PSAs about poaching where it's most common
  • Strengthening anti-poaching laws

On The Ground:

  • Training sniffer dogs to detect wildlife contraband
  • Building airplane hangars for aerial patrols
  • Fitting animals with GPS tracking collars
  • Using CyberTracker technology to outsmart poachers on the ground

If you believe we must do everything in our power to protect Africa's wildlife, join AWF today.

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