AfricanParksNetwork (@africanparksnetwork) — African Parks is a conservation NGO that manages National Parks & Protected Areas on behalf of governments across Africa to benefit wildlife & people
Watch: We’ve had a rare sighting of the first wild cheetah cubs to the born in M
Watch: We’ve had a rare sighting of the first wild cheetah cubs to the born in Malawi in 20 years - and are pleased to share that they are doing well! Although it is uncommon to catch a glimpse of them at such a young age, as mum keeps them well hidden and away from predators, we were lucky enough capture these furballs on camera. African Parks and the @endangeredwildlifetrust (EWT) made history in May 2017, when a small founder population of cheetahs was successfully relocated to Liwonde National Park in Malawi, restoring the population of this threatened species at least 20 years after its extinction in the country. The birth of these four cubs, the first in the wild in Malawi in over 20 years, is a conservation milestone, and a positive indicator of how these cheetahs have adapted to their new home. The cheetah population in Liwonde, although small, has grown in just the last year to at least 15, and is part of a larger predator-restoration project for the park, and region. Keep up to date with this remarkable story and other exciting advancements by signing up for updates by clicking the link in our bio. #AfricanParks#BigCats#Liwonde#Malawi#naturesreturn#wildlife
13.07.2018 18:14:00
Almost 10,000 people live within @liuwaplainnationalpark in Zambia, a park that
Almost 10,000 people live within @liuwaplainnationalpark in Zambia, a park that has one of the oldest conservation histories in Africa. In the 19th Century, the King of Barotseland, Lubosi Lewanika, appointed his people to be the custodians of the park, where they maintain that sentiment today. Together, with local communities, the department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) and the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE), we have been managing this precious and beautiful ecosystem since 2003, helping to find sustainable solutions so people and wildlife can share these historic plains. Liuwa is home to the second largest wildebeest migration on the planet, and harbours over 500 hyaena, cheetah, and a growing pride of lions. With the opening of King Lewanika Lodge just last year, Liuwa is being recognized as a place to visit. @nytimestravel highlighted Liuwa as one of the 52 places to visit in 2018, and @travelandleisure celebrated the lodge on its “2018 IT List”. We’re glad this park is getting the attention it deserves, as tourism is one way to help support both the people and wildlife who live here now, and provide for them all a brighter future. Photo by @mana_meadows#LiuwaPlain#Zambia#AfricanParks#peopleneednature#natureiscoming#restoration#52places#bucketlist@beautifuldestinations
12.07.2018 19:13:16
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@kickstarter recently named @cookingforconservation as one of their “projects we
@kickstarter recently named @cookingforconservation as one of their “projects we love” - and we are excited to tell you why! This long-awaited and unique book is full of recipes honed over years of gourmet cooking in the bush, accompanied by stories straight from the plains of @zakouma_national_park in Chad (along with a foreword by @sophy_roberts). Once the book is printed, the proceeds from sales will be donated to African Parks to help our conservation efforts on the African continent. Supporters of a certain level of the campaign will have the opportunity to experience the park first hand, and dine under the stars in one of the most intriguing national parks in Africa. Jamie Sparks, the author and culinary expert, will also be your personal chef for the week, cooking recipes from her cookbook which she has mastered over the years both in Zakouma and other far-off places. Additional rewards include a limited edition Greg Du Toit print, along with photos from @kyledenobrega and @mlorentz23, as well as other safari experiences in different places in Africa. Zakouma is a thriving, conservation success story in one of the most unlikely corners of the planet where elephants and other species are on the rise, and where black rhinos were just reintroduced in May. To find out more on how you can support our work by backing this book, please visit the link in our bio. 📷 @lifethroughalensphotography#AfricanParks#Zakouma#Chad#Cookingforconservation
11.07.2018 18:20:32
Pendjari National Park is one of the most recent parks and the first within West
Pendjari National Park is one of the most recent parks and the first within West Africa to fall under our management. It is situated in the northwest of Benin and measures 4,800 km2, and is an anchoring part of the transnational W-Arly-Pendjari (WAP) complex, spanning a vast 35,000 km2 across three countries: Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger. This is the largest remaining intact ecosystem in the whole of West Africa and the last refuge for the region's largest remaining population of elephants and the critically endangered West African lion, of which fewer than 400 adults remain and 100 live in Pendjari. Pendjari is also home to cheetahs, various antelope species, buffalo, and more than 460 avian species, and is an important wetland. But this globally significant reserve has been facing major threats, including poaching, demographic pressure on surrounding land, and exponential resource erosion. But the Benin Government wanted to change this trajectory and chart a different path for this critically important landscape within their borders. In May 2017, African Parks signed a 10-year management mandate, and forged a ground-breaking partnership. Thanks to the progressiveness of the Benin Government, a lifeline was thrown to this little-known but globally important protected area. Read the full story by clicking the link in the bio 📷 @jonas_vandevoorde Our work in Pendjari would not be possible without the support of our key partners: the Government of Benin, the @natgeo Society, The Wyss Foundation and the Wildcat Foundation. #AfricanParks#AnnualReport#Restoration#NaturesReturn#Pendjari#Benin#revealingbenin
10.07.2018 16:34:53
With 15 parks under management, we have been working tirelessly to increase our
With 15 parks under management, we have been working tirelessly to increase our footprint across Africa with our Government partners, to conserve more wilderness, improve community livelihoods and protect the extraordinary wildlife that live there, all for the benefit of current and future generations. And these efforts are being noticed. The @nytimes recently covered our work including our expansion and our model, along with the positive news emerging from Garamba National Park in the DRC. The park had been on a steady downfall for the last few decades: rangers were killed, the elephant population decimated by poachers; marauding armed groups including the Lords Resistance Army wreaking havoc on wildlife and people; and the disappearance of the last northern white rhinos living in the wild. But African Parks assumed management of Garamba in partnership with the ICCN in 2005, and with international support, we’ve managed to turn this grim story around. Our ranger force has not suffered a casualty in the last 12 months and just two elephants have been killed this year, compared to 50 in 2017 and 99 in 2016. In an interview with Chris Torchia from the @apnews, Peter Fearnhead, CEO of African Parks explains the initial challenges we have faced when assuming management of many of the parks to fall under our management: “It was literally, “Here's a park, we've written it off, there's no wildlife left, there's no value, there's no tourism, there's no income for the park ... so you take it”. And that was fine. We needed to prove that we were able to achieve what we were saying, what we believed was possible" Click the link in the bio to read the full story. 📷 David Santiago Garcia. #AfricanParks#Conservation#Wildlife#Garamba#DRC#Rangers#AForceForGood
09.07.2018 17:02:28
Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve has had a difficult past. Decades of poaching and la
Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve has had a difficult past. Decades of poaching and lawlessness saw a previously productive 1,800 km2 reserve with 1,500 elephants in the 1990’s reduced to fewer than 100 individuals. Game animals were hunted out. Nkhotakota had become an empty Reserve. With wildlife practically gone, there was no reason to visit Nkhotakota, no revenue, no productivity, and little to no value for the surrounding communities. But African Parks had a different vision for the most extensive remaining wild landscape in Malawi, one that included bringing it back to life. Upon assuming management in 2015, we immediately began preparing Nkhotakota for one of the world’s largest wildlife translocations. By August 2017, over a two-year period, the park received almost 500 elephants and 2,000 other animals. Poaching has been dramatically reduced through the presence of a well-trained and equipped ranger team, tourism has begun to increase, and the birth of new calves born in the park from the 2016 translocated elephants has already been documented. Extreme measures were taken to restore this landscape, and it was an extraordinary collaboration between the Government of Malawi, our donors and the team in Nkhotakota. It is early days, but in only two short years, already this park symbolises possibility and what nature can do with our help if only given the chance. Read the full story by clicking the link in the bio. 📷 @frankweitzer _________________________________________⠀ Our work in Nkhotakota would not be possible without the support of our key partners: the DNPW, @postcodeloterij , @peoplespostcodelottery , Stichting Dioraphte, the Wyss Foundation and WWF-Belguim.⠀ ⠀ #AfricanParks#AnnualReport#Restoration#NaturesReturn#Nkhotakota#Malawi
06.07.2018 15:37:22
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Situated in Malawi, the ‘warm heart of Africa,’ Liwonde National Park has been t
Situated in Malawi, the ‘warm heart of Africa,’ Liwonde National Park has been the home of incredible wildlife translocations and reintroductions. When African Parks assumed management of Liwonde, in partnership with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) in 2015, the park was riddled with tens of thousands of wire snares – more snares existed than large animals – and it had some of the highest human-wildlife conflict levels in the region. People were killing everything in the park, and tragically were also being killed by elephants and crocodiles. It was lawless and fraught with challenges. African Parks immediately began constructing an electric fence to keep wildlife inside the park. Just one year later, Liwonde was at the epicentre of one of the largest elephant translocations in history, through which a total of 336 elephants were relocated to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, reducing pressure on Liwonde’s natural habitats while helping to solve the deadly conflict situation. Since 2015, over 31,000 snares have been removed, and poaching is now under control. After restoring security, cheetahs were reintroduced in 2017, bringing the species back to the park after 100 years, and lion reintroductions have been taking place in 2018. Wildlife populations are on the rise, and so is the number of people who are coming to the park to marvel at the revival. The number of tourists is up 25% and revenue has increased by 70 % since 2016. In just two short years, Liwonde has been given a second chance, and it is being restored and transformed, right before our very eyes. Read the full story by clicking the link in the bio. Photo @frankweitzer _______________⠀ Our work in Liwonde would not be possible without the support of our key partners: the DNPW, @postcodeloterij, the Wyss Foundation and WWF-Belguim. #AfricanParks#AnnualReport#Restoration#NaturesReturn#Malawi#Liwonde#Elephant#Travel⠀
05.07.2018 14:35:39
Nestled within the eastern part of the Central African Republic (CAR) in a war-t
Nestled within the eastern part of the Central African Republic (CAR) in a war-torn region plagued by instability and deadly ethnic violence, lies a wildlife refuge called @chinko.project . Despite decades of civil war, intense poaching, illegal grazing and heavily armed herdsmen, remnant populations of key species have persisted, and habitats remained intact, making this one of the largest ecosystems with the greatest conservation potential in all of Central Africa. ⠀ Over the year, thanks to effective law enforcement, our team managed to secure this 19,846 km2 landscape, keeping main threats at bay, and a 10,500 km2 area completely free of cattle. Prior to African Parks signing a 50-year mandate with the government in 2014, hundreds of thousands of cattle flooded the park. Today, they are only found on the boundary, and where they once grazed, herds of buffalo, hartebeest and hippos have taken their place. Lord Derby eland are on the rise, and nine more were collared in 2017. Increasing signs of lions and elephants are being documented, and animals are finding their way back into existence. And while wildlife is benefitting from the safe haven within the park's boundaries, so are people. A humanitarian crisis developed when more than 380 Internally Displaced People, mainly women and children, fled to Chinko – the only safe area – to prevent near-certain death, and were protected by the park and our rangers. In restoring security, Chinko has become a primary source of stability and safety in an entire region, for people and wildlife alike. Read the full story by clicking the link in the bio. ⠀ Our work in Chinko would not be possible without the support of our key partners: the Government of the CAR, European Union, Bêkou Trust Fund, Foundation Segré, The Walton Family Foundation, USAID and @usfws. 📷 @eve_damas#AfricanParks#AnnualReport#Restoration#NaturesReturn#Chinko#CentralAfrica⠀
04.07.2018 13:11:32
@akagerapark in Rwanda is almost unrecognisable today compared to just 20 years
@akagerapark in Rwanda is almost unrecognisable today compared to just 20 years ago when it was on the verge of being lost forever. While peace was finally restored in the 1990s after one of the bloodiest human events in the 20th century, Akagera’s demise was just beginning. Refugees returning to Rwanda after the genocide were still battling for their own survival and turned to the forests for timber, wildlife for protein and wild savannahs for their livestock. Lions were hunted to local extinction, rhinos disappeared, and the park’s wildlife was displaced by tens of thousands of long-horned cattle. Biodiversity was practically lost, and with it so was employment and tourism. The park’s value was diminished to the point of not existing at all. Which makes where Akagera is today with its story of revival even more remarkable.⠀ In 2010, @africanparksnetwork assumed management of Akagera in partnership with the Rwanda Development⠀ Board (RDB), shifting the park's trajectory from one of oblivion to prosperity and hope. After years of⠀ preparation, 2017 saw the historic return of 18 Eastern black rhinos after a 10-year absence, thanks to support from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. Two new male lions were also translocated to the park to enhance the growing pride, which has now tripled since their reintroduction in 2015. Key wildlife populations continued to rise, with poaching essentially halted. And more than 37,000 tourists visited the park, half of whom were Rwandan nationals, bringing in a record US$1.6 million in revenue and making the park 75% self-sustaining in just seven years. Read the full story by clicking the link in the bio. 📷 @gael_rvw _______________________⠀ ⠀ Our work in Akagera would not be possible without the support of our partners: The Rwandan Development Board, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Government of Rwanda, The Howard G. Buffett Foundation, The Walton Family Foundation and the Wyss Foundation.⠀ #AfricanParks#AnnualReport#Restoration#NaturesReturn
03.07.2018 13:33:00
@zakouma_national_park in Chad is one of the most remarkable stories about trans
@zakouma_national_park in Chad is one of the most remarkable stories about transformation. Between 2002 to 2010, 95% of the parks’ elephants were poached – almost 4,000 were slaughtered for their ivory where poachers would often take out multiple family units at the same time. Not only were they destroying the park's wildlife, they were wreaking havoc on local people too. In 2010, African Parks, on invitation by the Chadian Government, signed a long-term agreement to manage Zakouma and stop the bloodshed. Our first step was to overhaul law enforcement, but it wasn’t for the faint of heart. In 2012, six of our rangers were gunned down execution-style during their morning prayers. But our rangers, with their indomitable spirits, didn’t give up. Because of their efforts and effective community work, only 24 known elephants have been lost to poaching since 2010. Along with providing law enforcement, we built ‘Elephant Schools’ for local communities, providing desks, blackboards and teachers’ salaries, helping more than 1,500 children get an education. People were employed to help manage the park, making Zakouma one of the largest employers in the region. With law enforced and security reclaimed, tourists began to visit, delivering needed revenue back to the park and local communities. And then something miraculous happened. Elephants were able to be elephants once again, and for the first time in years, they began to breed and could raise their young. In early 2017, we counted 81 calves under the age of three. In 2011, we counted one. Elephants have now surpassed 527 individuals and are on the rise for the first time in a decade. We’ve come a long way since 2010. The story of Zakouma is of a park rising from the ashes and becoming an unlikely tale of redemption, for people and animals alike. Read the full story by clicking the link in the bio. Photo: @kyledenobrega ____________⠀ Our work in Zakouma would not be possible without the support of our partners: The Republic of Chad, the EU, Foundation Segré and the @usfws to name a few. #AfricanParks#AnnualReport#Restoration#NaturesReturn#Zakouma#Chad@voiceofchad
02.07.2018 14:34:00
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Watch: New footage of the first six endangered black rhinos that were reintroduc
Watch: New footage of the first six endangered black rhinos that were reintroduced to @zakouma_national_park just over a month ago - and all are adjusting well to their new surroundings. They are being well cared for by their guardians, a specially trained ranger unit who protect them 24/7. The rhinos made their historic journey in May, when they travelled 3,000-miles from South Africa to Chad. But the journey did not begin there. African Parks assumed management of Zakouma in 2010, working tirelessly to bolster law enforcement capabilities and improve local livelihoods, resulting in the effective elimination of poaching and the recovery of wildlife populations in the park. We aim to restore wildlife populations that once existed in some of the world’s most remote places, and provide protection so they can breed and thrive. Because where wildlife thrive, people thrive too. Click the link in our bio or watch our Insta story to learn more. Footage: @warren_smart#RhinosReturn#AfricanParks#Rhinos#SavetheRhino#rhino#wildlife#conservation
30.06.2018 17:42:13
Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Congo is one of Africa’s oldest national park
Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Congo is one of Africa’s oldest national parks, designated in 1935, and it received a Biosphere Reserve status in 1977. Covering an expansive 13,500 km2 area, Odzala lies in the heart of the Congo Basin. The basin is the second largest rainforest in the world, spanning more than two million square kilometers across six countries and accounting for 18% of the world's remaining rainforest. The biological diversity and endemism are extraordinary here, especially considering that humans have occupied the area for over 50,000 years. Today, the basin provides clean water, food and shelter to more than 75 million people. Despite the appearance of this breath-taking landscape, Odzala has had its share of ups and downs. Conservation efforts were very limited during the Congo Civil War from 1997 to 1999; several Ebola outbreaks threatened the gorilla population and led to the park being neglected, and victim to high levels of poaching for several years; and tourism was all but non-existent. ⠀ African Parks entered into a 25-year-long agreement in 2010 with the Ministry of Forest Economy, Sustainable Development and Environment to protect this globally significant park. Bushmeat poaching here has been and continues to be a significant threat, with almost 36,000 snares removed in the last year alone which is a major concern for Odzala’s western lowland gorillas, of which significantly 20 percent of the remaining global population is found in the park. Odzala is a vast wilderness, but the threats are many, and the survival of Congo’s elephants and gorillas, and the long-term future of this historic park depend on our intervention. Read the full story by clicking the link in the bio. Photo: @love_wild_africa ⠀ ____________________⠀ Our work in Odzala is only possible due to the support of our partners - the Ministry of Forest Economy, Sustainable Development and Environment, Fondation Odzala, the EU, Swedish Postcode Foundation, @usfws, @wwf_deutschland and WWF-US.⠀ #AfricanParks#AnnualReport#Restoration#NaturesReturn#odzala#congo@ccc_odzala
29.06.2018 15:30:12
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