African Parks is responsible for the rehabilitation and long term management of national parks and protected areas.
They do this in partnership with governments and local communities, and the goal is to make teach park ecologically, socially and financially sustainable in the long term.
And at the end of 2017, they were responsible for managing 14 protected areas in 9 countries (it’s now 15). The areas spanned 40,540 square miles covering 7 of the 11 ecological biomes on the continent. They have a large counter-poaching force with 1,000 rangers and over 5,000 staff across the parks.
They are undertaking various active management interventions:
Extreme species translocations and reintroductions
Providing security to create safer spaces for humans and wildlife
Ensuring that local people benefit
Where security has been restored and governance established, they’ve seen the rise of civility and a better way of life has returned.
There is tremendous momentum to make this rehabilitation happen and to continue to build on successes that African Parks has so far achieved.
Founded in 2000, it’s a non-profit conservation organisation.
Their Annual Report for 2017 Restoration: Nature’s Return highlights:
The Chinko team achieved success on the ground keeping 10,000km2 free of cattle and giving wildlife a chance to return
39 elephants were collared in one of the largest elephant collaring exercises in Africa, giving them better protection from armed poachers
The successful reintroduction of 18 black rhinos from South Africa to the Akagera Park in Rwanda, 10 years after they had locally become extinct.7 years were spent making the park safe and reducing poaching to an all time low.Singing children lined the route between Kigali and Akagera to celebrate their return.
The park received 37,000 tourists for the year, making it 75% self-sustaining
A long term agreement was signed with the Government of Benin for the Penjari National Park, the largest remaining intact ecosystem in all of West Africa, and a stronghold for the critically endangered West African lion and African elephant
In December, African Parks signed a 25 management agreement with the Government of Mozambique to manage the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, the first marine reserve in its portfolio
And HRH Prince Harry joined African Parks as their President.