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. African Parks currently manages 17 national parks and protected areas in 11 countries covering over 13 million hectares: Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
“Where wildlife survives and thrives there is the opportunity for people to do so as well.” – Peter Fearnhead, African Parks CEO.
African Parks has created mutually beneficial relationships with communities surrounding the parks where communities participate in conservation and the parks support their development.
It has the largest counter-poaching force of any conservation organisation in Africa with over 1100 rangers often serving in remote areas where there is little or no other service provision.
The ‘business approach to conservation’ model it implements has had many successes so far, for example, a 90% reduction in elephant poaching in Garamba National Park (DRC) and increases in key wildlife populations elsewhere such as Zakouma National Park (Chad) where the elephant population has increased for the first time in over a decade.
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