Sub saharan africa

east africa

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The savannahs of East Africa boast a globally important wildlife landscape filled with some of the most iconic megafauna on the planet. Savannah elephants, critically endangered black rhinos, lion prides, and migratory wildebeest are some of the major species that live among, and sometimes in conflict with, local communities.

Fragmentation, subdivision of land for cultivation, and loss of critical habitat connectivity are the biggest long-term threats to wildlife in East Africa, though populations also continue to suffer greatly from poaching and the illegal wildlife trade. Additionally, both wildlife and rapidly growing human populations are impacted by drought, competition for grazing land, and increased conflict as an already crowded landscape is taxed with ever greater numbers of wildlife, humans, and livestock.

The Foundation was formed during a wildlife safari to East Africa in 1987. Since then, it has invested over $11.5 million in finding solutions that benefit both people and nature. In partnership with a strong NGO network, local communities, and government agencies, the Foundation invests in population monitoring, development and implementation of effective management plans, advocacy, training, law enforcement, and other strategies to protect key wildlife habitats, species and people.

Sub saharan africa

central africa

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Several protected areas and national parks in the Congo Basin of Central Africa support relatively abundant populations of wildlife. These include charismatic species like forest elephants, gorillas, and chimpanzees.

Yet even within these protected areas and certainly outside, poaching pressure and habitat loss has contributed to a steady year-over-year decline of these and other important species. Therefore, it is imperative that protected areas and key corridors are well managed and well-staffed, local communities are empowered in the protection of these key species, and government policies support both protection and prosecution of poaching crimes.

The Foundation has invested over $5 million towards conservation measures in the Congo Basin of Central Africa since 1993. Working collaboratively with NGOs, governments, and local communities, the Foundation supports a suite of activities including, but not limited to, strong and effective management of protected areas, law enforcement, community engagement, training and capacity building, and poaching prevention and prosecution.