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African Wildlife Foundation's Fundraiser:

Justice for Cecil

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THE STORY:

Cecil, a beloved 13-year-old lion at Hwange National Park, was killed for sport. Donate Now to help protect lions and other African wildlife from the threat of poaching.

Authorities allege the hunter paid about $55,000 to hunt Cecil. He was lured out of a national park with food, shot with a bow and arrow, tracked for 40 more hours, then finished off with a gun.

Poaching is one of the most pervasive threats to wildlife around the world. Tigers, lions, elephants, rhinos, and many other lesser known species are heavily targeted for their skins, claws, tusks, horns, and other body parts for the illegal wildlife market where they are sold and traded. These horrific crimes are carried out on a grand scale – the illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be a $20 billion a year industry, and is causing the drastic declines of wildlife populations across the continent. Africa’s total lion population has declined by 30 percent over the past two decades, and today less than 30,000 of the big cats remain.

“The threat of extinction is very real for African lions,” says African Wildlife Foundation Senior Director of Conservation Science, Dr. Philip Muruthi, adding that lions are extinct in North Africa, severely depleted across West and Central Africa, and now losing ground in their strongholds of East and Southern Africa.

AWF is working in a number of different landscapes to counter these effects. This includes reducing conflict between people and lions by predator-proofing livestock enclosures so lions don’t kill livestock and people don’t kill lions, and supporting the efforts of local projects to develop lion guardian programs and inspire a lion conservation ethic within rural communities. A number of communities across East and Southern Africa are now benefiting from the presence of lions as a result of revenue generated from community-owned luxury lodges on their lands, the construction of which was funded by AWF. In spite of these and other efforts, lions face an uncertain future.

$75,842

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The Team: $75,842 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

African Wildlife Foundation

Amount Raised

$75,822

Fundraiser Title

Sydney Hawkins

Amount Raised

$20

Donor Comments

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $2,790

6 months ago

Jane S Coe

Jane S Coe

11 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $10

12 months ago

Two Old Hippies

Two Old Hippies

DONATION: $1,618

Cecil 2 years ago

Le Petit Garage

Le Petit Garage

DONATION: $200

2 years ago

CMT Hogan

CMT Hogan

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

kathleen seltzer

kathleen seltzer

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Rosemary  McCuistion

Rosemary McCuistion

DONATION: $25

Save the lions!!! 2 years ago

Tim Lauxmann

Tim Lauxmann

DONATION: $75

2 years ago