Pratik Patel, Founder of the The Friends of African Wildlife Trust (AWT) is a third generation Tanzanian. He grew up running around the Tarangire National Park and Serengeti Plains. He received a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Dar es Salaam and completed his Honors cum laude at the American College of London.
His family has been involved in the safari photo and ecotourism business for over four decades in Tanzania.
Pratik and his family have been directly affected by the poaching crisis, as 60 or more elephants per day are being killed for their ivory. At this rate elephants in Tanzania will be extinct in 5 years and all of Africa in 8-10 years.
Friends of African Wildlife Trust was founded and developed out of Pratik’s love for the African elephant and his strong desire to try and save them.
The mission of the African Wildlife Trust is to identify and address wildlife and land conservation issues in Africa.
• We believe that wildlife, landscape, and people can and should coexist in order to preserve the unique character of the African continent.
• We believe it is every individual's responsibility to do their part as appropriate in helping to protect Africa's wildlife for future generations.
• We believe it is imperative to support public/private relationships to ensure success of conservation efforts.
• We believe in zero tolerance for any illegal activities related to the trade or sale of any wildlife or wildlife parts.
• Work in cooperation with individuals and other agencies committed to conservation activities in Africa
• Protection of wildlife and land areas in Africa
• Development of strategic conservation activities and events
• Development and distribution of conservation education materials
• Support of local communities that engage in conservation activities