African Parks News Updates

“Saving Africa’s Parks”
The growing elephant population in Zakouma National Park, Chad, Chad © Brent Stirton
“To rescue the continents iconic wildlife from poaching and other human threats, one conservation group is treating degraded parks as if they were failing businesses in need of new management. It’s working” begins the feature article about African Parks in the December issue of The National Geographic Magazine, written by David Quammen and with photographs by Brent Stirton.

National Geographic takes the reader on a multi-park visit, beginning in Zakouma National Park in Chad; then on to Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and finally on to Pendjari National Park in Benin, in exploration of our African Parks model.

What is revealed are the hardships of the ever-present threat of poaching of Africa’s high-valued species, the human-pressures on natural resources, and how regional insecurity impacts the last of Africa’s wild. But more positively, what is documented is the impact African Parks is having on providing safe spaces for people and wildlife, how critical it is to have the trust and buy-in from local communities, and how together with governments and donors, we are realizing a shared vision of restoring Africa’s wild landscapes for the sake of humanity.

Click here to read the full article, or pick up the December issue on stands today.

African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. We currently manage 16 national parks and protected areas in 10 countries covering over 11 million hectares: Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Zambia.