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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 is needed.

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, 1999

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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