In 1974, Betty Leslie-Melville, founder
and chairman of AFEW, began the first successful project of raising the
number of endangered Rothschild giraffes from 130 to over 300. AFEW's
second project was to establish the first educational nature sanctuary
in independent Africa. Last year AFEW brought over 40,000 African school
children to the center free of charge to teach them how to conserve their
animal heritage. Children now overflow the center, so more classroom space
Orphans from Nairobi experience all the creature discomforts
of their home country as a giraffe pokes its nose into their
business yesterday. It was the first-ever visit to the Giraffe
Centre outside the Kenyan capital for the children, many of
whom lost their parents to AIDS.
New York Post, February 20,
| AFEW concentrates on education and strongly
believes in the axiom:
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach
a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
85% of Africans have never seen a wild animal. They can't afford a
car or the entrance fees to go into game parks. Now they are able to
see and feed the giraffe and warthogs, and also walk through the Jock
Leslie-Melville Sanctuary - AFEW's primeval forest - with an educational
officer who teaches them about environmental protection matters.
In addition to saving animals from extinction, the conservation of
Kenya's precious natural resource - animals - will also save her people
who rely on tourism for valuable foreign currency and literally hundreds
of thousands of jobs.
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