On Friday, August 2, 2013, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) will host Chelsea Clinton on a visit to two of its conservation projects in Zambia. Clinton is currently touring various programs in Africa along with her father, President Bill Clinton, on behalf of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation (Clinton Foundation). While in Zambia, she will visit a conservation-themed primary school built by AWF as well as a brand-new community-owned tourism enterprise established by the conservation organization.
“It’s wonderful to have Chelsea Clinton and representatives from the Clinton Foundation visiting our projects on the ground in Africa to see how people are trying to live with, and protect, elephants,” said Patrick Bergin, CEO of the African Wildlife Foundation. “The African Wildlife Foundation has a long history of working with local communities to find conservation solutions that benefit both wildlife and people, and we’re excited to be able to show the Clinton Foundation two examples of how we work.”
Over the past few years, elephants in Africa have come under increasing threat from poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking. More than 35,000 elephants were poached across the African continent last year; at current rates, Africa’s elephants could become extinct within our lifetimes. This is why programs such as AWF’s are so important, ensuring that communities can live alongside, value, and protect elephants.
“Given the current rate of poaching of elephants in Africa, it’s vital to understand how people are living alongside wildlife in a way that benefits people and communities as well as protects the species,” said Chelsea Clinton. “I look forward to visiting the African Wildlife Foundation’s programs in Zambia to see firsthand how their programs work on the ground.” More....