AWF Newsletter March 2017
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South Africa Moves to Legalize Rhino Horn Trade

In a dangerous move, the South African government has issued a proposal to legalize the domestic trade and export of rhino horn for personal purposes. South Africa is home to the largest population of Africa's rhino, and a move to legalize horn greatly endangers already dwindling rhino populations. AWF believes rhino horn trade should be illegal, and a push for legalization would complicate efforts to prosecute illegal activity by creating a veneer of legality behind which illegal activities would persist. AWF urges the government of South Africa to step up its leadership in African rhino conservation by refusing to pass the proposed new law.

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A Horrific Zoo Poaching

In early March, poachers broke into a zoo in Thoiry, France, killing a rare 4-year-old white rhino named Vince. Zookeepers found the rhino dead in his enclosure with his horn sawed off. This horrific incident underscores the emergency faced by rhino in the wild and the ruthlessness of the wildlife trafficking crisis.

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A rhino was killed every 8 hours in South Africa in 2016. Donate today and help us protect them from poachers.
Satao II and the state of Africa’s elephants

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Women leading the conservation agenda

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Protecting Ethiopia's Simien Mountains

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Supporting wildlife conservation through census

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Fun Fact

Aardvarks are specialized for eating termites, trapping insects with their long, sticky protractile tongues.

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