AWF Newsletter September 2016
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U.S. Senate Votes to End Wildlife Trafficking

This week more than 2,000 government representatives from around the world are meeting in South Africa to determine the fate of elephants, rhinos, lions, pangolins and hundreds of other species. Members of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) are voting on critical proposals such as reopening trade in ivory and rhino horn during the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17). African Wildlife Foundation believes highly endangered species like elephants, lions and rhinos are under too much threat to be traded sustainably, and we support and stand with the governments and leaders who have the courage to put Africa’s wildlife before borders. If you haven’t done so already, you can stand with wildlife and send a message to the CITES Secretariat.

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Gorillas Under Threat

One of the world’s largest living primates, the Eastern — or Grauer’s — Gorilla could be extinct within a decade. Earlier this month, the International Union for Conservation of Nature raised the great ape to the Critically Endangered threat level. Illegal poaching, extractive industries and regional conflict and insecurity are pushing the Eastern Gorilla perilously close to extinction.

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Make a gift to help AWF protect endangered apes, to ensure we never have to face a future without the Eastern Gorilla and other great apes.
Ivory cartel brought down in DRC

> Learn how
Prince William speaks out for wildlife

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Big wins for AWF’s canine program

> Find out why
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Help save elephants and rhinos. Tell CITES support the bans on ivory and rhino horn trade.

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Fun Fact

The pangolin’s scales make up 20% of its weight and are used as both a weapon and armor when the pangolin feels that it’s in danger.

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