A Photo Essay Celebrating Africa’s Precious Biodiversity

by |June 5, 2020

By Brighton Kaoma, Columbia University MPA Alum; Victor Nyambok, WWF Regional Office for Africa Communications Manager, and Alice Ruhweza, Africa Regional Head, WWF

The food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature. During these exceptional times, nature is sending us a message: to care for ourselves, we must care for nature. It’s time to wake up. To take notice. To raise our voices. It’s time to build back better for people and the planet.

Africa is immensely rich in biodiversity. Its living organisms comprise around a quarter of global biodiversity and it supports the Earth’s largest intact assemblages of large mammals, which roam freely in many countries. Africa’s biomes extend from mangroves to deserts, from Mediterranean to tropical forests, from temperate to sub-tropical and montane grasslands and savannas, and even to ice-capped mountains.

Today on World Environment Day, we are pleased to share with you some of Africa’s unique Biodiversity.

Gabon Green Turte_ photo credit _Getty The Black Leopard, Kenya _pc Nick Pilfold Photography Trip Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania by Michael Poliza The Mangrove forests of Madagascar_wwf The Smooth Stingray in Mozambique_pc IUCN The Succulent Karoo of South Africa_pc_shutterstock Sighting of Mountain Gorilla, Bukima, Virunga National Park, Nor The Kafue Flats, Zambia The “Snow-capped” Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda Plant species in Gabon_pc Thomas Couvreur Rhumsiki Rock_open source image_unsplash Nile river_pc_ishassan
The Green Turtles in Lamu Seascape, Kenya
Green turtle hatchlings emerge from a nest on a beach in Lamu seascape, Kenya. WWF and its partners are working with communities in coastal Kenya to protect marine turtles. Five of the seven species of marine turtle are found in the waters of Kenya's Lamu seascape - green, olive ridley, leatherback, loggerhead, and the critically endangered hawksbill. Of these, green, olive ridley and hawksbills are known to nest in Kenya. Even under ‘natural’ conditions, relatively few young turtles survive their first year of life — it's estimated only about one in a thousand hatchlings makes it to adulthood. By working with communities, including fishermen and local women's groups, WWF is helping to reduce human impact on marine turtles by monitoring and protecting nest sites and changing damaging fishing practices. Photo: Getty

While we may be apart, today on World Environment Day our voices will join as one.

It’s time to appreciate the benefits that nature provides. It’s time to take action to protect & restore our natural world. This World Environment Day, it’s #TimeForNature.

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