On October 22, 2021, a group of Tanzanian youth experienced the beauty and wonder of Tarangire National Park for the first time—through film. African People & Wildlife (APW) premiered “Tarangire: Our Heritage, Our Future” at Regalz Cinemaxx in Arusha, Tanzania following a period when its annual Tarangire National Park trips for rural youth were paused due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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I am an African woman working as the Conservation Enterprise and Marketing Officer with African People & Wildlife. After watching the events taking place with the Black Lives Matter movement, I was moved to write about my experiences and the opportunities that we as Africans—particularly women—have in the field of conservation. While the Black Lives Matter movement began in the U.S., it directly affects all people of color worldwide, including Africans.

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