Viewpoints

Viewpoints

Fighting for Our Wildlife, People, and Planet: 2017 Annual Appeal

By Laly Lichtenfeld, Ph.D. | November 7, 2017
Maasai men and a Living Wall in Tanzania

As someone who cares deeply about the future of Africa, you are likely aware of the plummeting numbers of key wildlife species, the degradation of community lands, the loss of critical wildlife habitats, and the poverty and environmental challenges faced by people across the continent. In Tanzania, APW is addressing all of these issues and more, delivering real, positive change to the communities and wildlife species that need our help the most.

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How Illegal Wildlife Trafficking Could Decimate Lion Populations

By African People & Wildlife | September 20, 2017
A female lion in northern Tanzania

Earlier this year, a community wildlife ranger made a startling discovery while on patrol in a Tanzanian nature refuge. The carcass of a lioness lay exposed to the midday sun. Her four legs, paws, head, and vital organs were missing. The ranger then uncovered the unimaginable: the lioness had been pregnant. Her two unborn cubs died with her, their hairless bodies removed from her womb by poachers and discarded at her side.

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Expanding Beyond Conventional Conservation to Save African Lions

By Laly Lichtenfeld, Ph.D. | August 10, 2017
A male lion in northern Tanzania

There is a lion in Tanzania who ignites my passion. A beautiful young male ranging through one of our focal areas, a place where people and lions cohabitate and sometimes conflict. I’ve been tracking him for several years now, and still, he survives. He is part of a coalition with two other males. About a year or so ago, they battled their way to the top, becoming the dominant pride males in the area.

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A Small Team Achieves Big Results for Wildlife, People, and the Land

By African People & Wildlife | April 12, 2017

Gerard Raphael surveys the horizon of the vast Maasai Steppe landscape, always on high alert for any sign of danger or illegal activity. As the deputy commander of a small but dedicated team of community game scouts, Raphael is responsible for policing the lands of his own community—sometimes hiking in the heat for up to 20 miles a day—all in the name of protecting wildlife.

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No Silver Bullet Will Save the African Lion

By Laly Lichtenfeld, Ph.D. | August 10, 2016

It has been just over a year since the senseless killing of Cecil the Lion ignited a worldwide firestorm of outrage over trophy hunting. The tragic event spurred conversation and debate in many public spheres and became one of the most widespread conservation stories in history. It was a defining moment for not only the scientific and conservation communities, but for people from all walks of life.

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