By Gary Baxel
I discovered the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) in 2013 and added it to the nonprofits I donate to annually. In 2017, the Annual Report impressed me with the comprehensiveness of AWF's work and the broadness of their scope: literally, across that vast continent, and figuratively, fighting extinction on many fronts. They've been doing it since 1961, before most of us knew there was a problem.
In response, I just named AWF a beneficiary of my mutual funds.
The animals AWF seeks to save are symbolic of Africa itself. When we think of Africa, we think of lions, elephants, gorillas, etc., magnificent products of 200 million years of evolution. To lose them would be an unthinkable tragedy.
As explorer and naturalist William Beebe eloquently put in 1906, "The beauty and genius of a work of art may be reconceived, though its first material expression be destroyed; a vanished harmony may yet again inspire the composer; but when the last individual of a race of living beings breathes no more, another heaven and another earth must pass before such a one can be again."
Everything pushing Africa's iconic species toward extinction is our fault: climate change, poaching, habitat loss. So we must try to stop it. Extinction is forever.
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