On Friday, the two - on behalf of the Clinton Foundation which has supported AWF's anti-poaching efforts - visited two of such projects, as part of the ongoing tour of various programmes in Africa.
PANA quotes the AWF as saying Friday's visit took
Clinton and his daughter to a conservation-themed
primary school built by AWF, as well as a brand-new
community-owned tourism enterprise established by
the conservation organisation.
“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, Chief Executive Officer of the AWF.
“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.”
Explaining its anti-poaching efforts, AWF said over the past few years, elephants in Africa have come under increasing threat from poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking.
It said more than 35,000 elephants were poached across the African continent last year, warning that at current rates, Africa’s elephants could become extinct within our lifetimes.
"This is why programmes such as AWF’s are so important, ensuring that communities can live alongside, value and protect elephants," AWF said.
The Clinton Foundation has been supportive of such anti-poaching work and other efforts by conservation organisations such as AWF to eradicate illegal wildlife trafficking in Africa and around the globe.
Last November, former Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton announced that the U.S. State Department
would put the issue of illegal wildlife trafficking
on its agenda, a move that cast a much-needed
spotlight on the crisis plaguing Africa and spurred
greater action by many governments against poaching
of Africa’s elephants and rhinos.
The AWF, which started off as African Wildlife Leadership Foundation, was established in 1961 to focus on Africa’s unique conservation needs.