To partner with ANAW-Africa, and others, promoting an all Africa agenda, sustained by communities for conservation, compassion, protection and responsible care of all animals.
ANAW-USA grew out of a friendship between two people, one representing Kenya and the other the United States. For the last decade, its sister organization, ANAW-Africa, has been a voice for animal welfare in East Africa, and has benefited from newly recognized rights of free speech provided through Kenya's 2010 Constitution. Before the newly ratified constitution, nongovernmental organizations and boards of directors were held liable by the government for advocating unpopular opinions. As a result of ANAW's advocacy, for example, in 2014 the African Court stopped the government from building a road that would bi-sect the Serengeti, a World Heritage site and migration corridor for millions of animals traveling between Kenya and Tanzania. ANAW stopped the road thanks to partnering with Serengeti Watch and Earth Island Institute. Collaborations are central to ANAW's success.
ANAW has a reputation for speaking out on issues that protect the environment and the iconic animals of Africa.
ANAW is one of the most important independent nongovernmental programs in Kenya. It is an honor to serve with them. Nehemiah Rotich, President of the board, ANAW and past director of Kenya Wildlife Service.