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Protecting Priority Wildlife Populations

The illicit wildlife trade continues to pose an immediate threat to Africa’s keystone species. Through our Species Protection Grants (SPG) program, AWF is providing local partners with much-needed support to stop the killing of wildlife on the ground.

The result: We maximize the impact of donor dollars, while ensuring that critical populations of elephants, rhinos, carnivores and great apes receive the protection they need.

Enhancing Mobility

Park W Landscape, Benin

In Benin’s Pendjari Biosphere Reserve—a protected area bordering Niger’s Park W transfrontier region— AWF helped wildlife authorities establish their first-ever rapid response unit to combat elephant poaching and equipped the team with motorbikes. Working with an informer network, the unit has already arrested a known poacher and recovered the tusks in his possession.

Preparing Rangers

Great Fish River Nature Reserve, South Africa

Thanks to our generous donors, rangers received advanced training to better protect the reserve’s black rhinos. Additional funds have provided support for aerial patrols. These efforts led to the arrest of seven suspected poachers within the reserve in the first eight months of 2016. Staff was also instrumental in the arrest of three poachers responsible for the brutal killing of at least 10 rhinos countrywide.

Covering More Ground

Samburu Landscape, Kenya

With SPG funding, AWF partner Ewaso Lions purchased a new field vehicle to cover more ground within the Samburu landscape. AWF support also enabled the NGO to attach GPS tracking collars to 24 lions. Both the vehicle and the collars expand Ewaso staff ’s knowledge of lion movement, and help mitigate human–lion conflict in the process.

Patrolling Smarter

Campo Ma’an National Park, Cameroon

AWF helped the resource-strapped wildlife authority respond to rising bushmeat hunting and poaching, training rangers in use of CyberTracker and the Spatial Monitoring and Analysis Tool (SMART). The technologies allow rangers to easily gather and analyze patrol data, informing future patrol decisions. From January 2015 to August 2016, rangers seized 200 kg of bushmeat, removed 544 snares and dismantled 59 poaching camps.