AFRICAN WILDLIFE TRUST
Since inception, Safari Legacy has invested in the conservation of Africa's wildlife. The Patel family has been involved in safari tourism and conservation in Tanzania for over four decades, and have been directly affected by the poaching crisis. Safari Legacy is promoting a deeper understanding of the endangered wildlife trafficking epidemic the world is facing.
The mission of the African Wildlife Trust (AWT) is to identify and address wildlife and land conservation issues in Africa.
• Work in cooperation with individuals and other agencies committed to conservation activities in Africa
• Protection of wildlife and land areas in Africa
• Development of strategic conservation activities and events
• Development and distribution of conservation education materials
• Support of local communities that engage in conservation activities Tax deductible donations can be made via Paypal to our registered 501(c)3 in the USA: Friends of African Wildlife Trust
The Horror of Poaching
The ugly reality of poaching is not easy to talk about, especially for those who come face-to-face with it in the field.
We believe it is important for the the public to know the harsh truth about the decimation of endangered wildlife that is occurring in Africa. Poaching Epidemic threatens Rhinos & Elephants Illegal poaching in Africa is at an all-time high. Elephants, rhinos and other endangered wildlife are targeted by poachers who are motivated by the lucrative illegal wildlife trade. These species could disappear in the wild within our lifetime. Robust conservation efforts can pull species back from the threat of extinction.
African Wildlife Trust (AWT) proactively assists the Tanzanian Wildlife Division by providing anti-poaching teams that consist of highly motivated and professionally trained rangers. AWT rangers work under the guidance of two microlight pilots, five concession managers and two mobile anti-poaching coordinators in the field, all of who report to their head office in Arusha. These field staff and managers are configured into ten rapid action teams (RATs) and one specialist mobile anti-poaching unit. AWT anti-poaching teams arrest and prosecute an average of between 1,800 to 2,000 poachers a year. AWT teams, assisted by the Wildlife Department, have confiscated a variety of poaching related paraphernalia including thousands of wire and cable snares, rifles, automatic weapons, poison arrows, elephant ivory, bush meat, animal parts and hides, illegal charcoal and hardwood planks. AWT has also removed thousands of head of livestock from protected areas.
At the start of the 20th Century 500,000 rhinos roamed the wild.
Today only 29,000 rhinos survive in the wild.
Four of the five species remaining are threatened, and three are critically endangered.
Rhinos are poached for their horn, which is made of keratin- the same as your hair and fingernails.
There is no scientific evidence that rhino horn has any medicinal value. Poaching of rhinos increased 3,000% between 2007 and 2011. Adult rhinos have no natural predators, except for humans
At the turn of the 20th century, there were a few million African Elephants.
Today, there are an estimated 450,000 - 700,000 African elephants
The African elephant population has plummeted 60% in just the last 40 years.
The current annual loss-overwhelmingly from poaching-is estimated at 8%.
That's about 27,000 elephants slaughtered year after year.
The African Elephant popullation is in danger due to increasing conflict with
human populations taking over more and more elephant habitat and the poaching of elephants for ivory.