In the newest episode of the Emmy-Award winning program, actor and Years of Living Dangerously correspondent Aasif Mandvi sets off on a quest to understand just how much of a threat climate change poses to wildlife.
Shifting climate patterns will have a catastrophic effect on Africa’s wildlife and people, and the expected rise of 2 degrees Celsius could drive as much as 40% of Africa’s mammals into critically endangered or extinct status by 2080.
Species around the world are disappearing at an alarming rate, and climate change is only worsening the trend — scientists have found that changing temperatures are accelerating species loss.
Mandvi travels to Kenya’s Amboseli National Park to speak with AWF’s Fiesta Warinwa who has witnessed the region’s declining elephant population and worked on the frontlines to protect the threatened giants. Increased drought and irregular rainfall are forcing humans and wildlife to compete for increasingly scarce land and water resources, compounding threats like poaching and loss of habitat.
Along the way, Mandvi learns about the interconnectedness of nature, and how the disappearance of even a single species can have unpredictable negative consequences on the ecosystem.
Learn more about AWF’s conservation and climate change work by visiting www.awf.org/years.
About the African Wildlife Foundation
Founded in 1961, African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is the leading conservation organization focused solely on the African continent. AWF’s programs and conservation strategies are based on sound science and designed to protect both the wild lands and wildlife of Africa and ensure a more sustainable future for Africa’s people. Since its inception AWF has protected endangered species and land, promoted partnerships with the private sector for ecotourism to benefit local African communities as a means to improve livelihoods, and trained hundreds of African nationals in conservation—all to ensure the survival of Africa’s unparalleled wildlife heritage.