Malawi, which is also referred to as the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’, is rapidly emerging as an exciting wildlife tourism destination. Breathtaking scenic landscapes, wildlife on the rise and home to one of the largest elephant translocations in history – Malawi is at the forefront of responsible safari destinations which is helping to generate needed revenue to help support the parks and local communities. We’ve seen this over and over again, that where wildlife thrives, people thrive. Of the three parks under our management in Malawi, Nkhkotakota Wildlife Reserve is the next park which is poised to become a premier elephant sanctuary – especially after the translocation of 520 elephants and more than 1,500 plains game animals which we completed in August of this year. For those who would like to visit Nkhotakota to experience this story of restoration first hand, @tongolewl is the place to stay! The lodge is perfectly situated, overlooking the Bua River and was in the spotlight at the 2018 Safari Awards which was recently held at the World Travel Market in London. Tongole Wilderness Lodge received THREE ‘Best in Africa’ awards: Best Community Focused Safari property in Africa, Best Ecologically Responsible Safari property in Africa, and the Best Value Safari property in Africa. Photographs Frank Weitzer #conservation#tourism#BestinAfrica#Tongole#500elephants#goodnews#warmheart#malawi#AfricanParks#beauitufldestinations
Our remarkable Rangers in Liwonde National Park have made enormous strides in the building and making up of a formidable counter-poaching team. A pioneering partnership with the British Military recently reinforced these efforts, building on Rangers’ skills during a 12-week training programme to support the long-term protection of the park and its wildlife. In two years of managing Liwonde in partnership with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, we’ve held six different training courses for 166 rangers from across the parks under our management, and the dedication of the Liwonde Rangers has resulted in the recovery of 26,000 wire snares in Liwonde alone, and dramatically reduced poaching and human-wildlife conflict in that park. To read the full feature article that appeared in yesterday’s Britain’s Sunday Times Magazine, click the link in our bio Photo: @chancellordavid#AfricanParks#Liwonde#Rangers#anti-poaching #wildlife#Malawi#500Elephants#Heroes
We are protecting more than 15,000 elephants across Africa to ensure they are able to breed and thrive, and roam safely in these protected landscapes. We are working daily to prevent elephants being killed by militarized poachers for the sale of their ivory, and preventing the destruction of their homes from habitat loss. African Parks has secured seven million hectares of national parks and protected areas to ensure elephants and other endangered species live long into the future. In Malawi alone, our rangers are protecting 90% of the country's elephant population, and just in August, we rehomed 520 elephants to restore Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in Malawi. Find out more about that historic translocation and what we're doing for elephants and how you can help at africanparks.org photo: @zakouma_national_park#AfricanParks#Zakouma#Elephants#Wildlife#Malawi
Another THREE new cheetah cubs have been documented in Liwonde National Park in Malawi!! This is the first time cheetah cubs have been born in Malawi in 20 years, and the first time for Liwonde in 100 years! The cubs were born to one of the four wild cheetahs translocated to the park in May this year. Decades of habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict and poaching severely reduced the nation’s predator populations, entirely eradicating cheetahs, a species threatened with extinction in Africa. The reintroduction of the cheetah is historic for the country and ushers in a new era for the park, where the return of large predators is part of a larger restoration plan for the parks’ natural ecosystem and the conservation of this highly vulnerable species. Together with the DNPW and the @endangeredwildlifetrust , we've been able to bring this iconic cat home. #AfricanParks#Malawi#BigCats#Liwonde#Cheetah#GoodNews#EWT#DNPW#welcomehome
Zakouma’s floodplains are breathing and thriving with a myriad of wildlife congregating at various water points in the park. Zakouma National Park in Chad is wildlife haven in the region. It’s an important breeding ground for almost 400 species of birds, as the south-eastern wetlands form part of the RAMSAR site “Inundation Plains of Bahr Auok and Salamat” – one of the largest in the world. It is not uncommon to see thousands of birds alongside the floodplains, accompanying herds of Tiang, Lelwels Hartebeest, Defassa Waterbuck, Olive Baboon and buffalo. Zakouma is also a place of safety for seriously threatened species including the Kordofan giraffe (which 50% of the remaining species lived within Zakouma, finding safety within its boundary) and a recovering elephant population that is finally on the rise for the first time in over a decae. Zakouma is becoming known as one of the most inspirational conservation success stories of our time. Photo @naturalistphoto#africanparks#zakouma#chad#wildlife#elephants#giraffe#birdsofinstagram
Do you know what a young hyena cub sounds like? Our team, who is caring for two young rescued hyenas in @akagerapark , has recorded their vocalizations. The cubs can be frequently heard making a chattering noise which progresses into a high pitch cry when they are hungry. They are already making the well-known 'whooping' call, usually late at night or early in the morning. These two very young cubs are receiving round-the-clock to ensure their survival and rehabilitation back into the wild. A community member reported a hyena sighting outside the park, and when our team responded we found these two cubs separated from their mum, they were then immediately taken to safety where they are receiving round-the-clock care by our staff. The call of a hyena is a classic sound heard across national parks in Africa, as they are heard much more often than they are seen. We are looking forward to hearing their calls when they are released back into the park when they are older and can fend for themselves. Follow Akagera National Park for more updates about all the wildlife that call that park home. #AfricanParks#Akagera#Rwanda#Hyena#Wildlife#Nationalpark
A poacher has been sentenced to five years in prison for killing an elephant in Nkhkotakota Wildlife Reserve, as Malawi continues to show their commitment in the fight against the wildlife trade. After receiving a tip-off about the incident, the DNPW launched a joint operation with the police and evidence led to this man being found guilty for killing a protected species. This follows the judgement passed in October where the Malawi government sentenced three people to a total of 36 years of prison time for poaching a black rhinoceros – the most severe penalty to be handed down for a serious wildlife crime since Malawi strengthened penalties by amending its National Parks and Wildlife Act in December last year. Malawi has made a strong example of the consequences for wildlife crime and for the protection of critical species. Photo @plukmedia#AfricanParks#Malawi#WildlifeCrime#WorthMoreAlive
Great apes, which include gorillas and chimps in Africa, are falling victim to the bushmeat crisis and the illegal pet trade. The @nytimes recently reported that in 2013 alone, smuggling claimed 22,000 wild apes who were either trafficked or killed. But did you know that several of the parks under our management are critical refuges for gorillas and chimpanzees and many other primates? In Odzala National Park in Congo alone, our rangers are protecting 22,000 gorillas! They are constantly removing snares, preventing illegal activities, and sadly often rescuing baby primates who have been taken from their families to be sold illegally for the pet trade. CLICK THE LINK in our bio to find out more about what we are doing and how you can help us keep them safe and in the wild, where they are meant to be. Photo Scott Ramsay / @love_wild_africa #GreatApes#Bushmeat#Gorillas#Chimps#Odzala#Chinko#SaveGreatApes#JointheCause#ProtectPrimates#Keepthemwild
Visiting the parks that we manage can make all the difference in conserving wildlife and empowering the surrounding local communities. Tourism creates jobs and the revenue from the park’s tourism is reinvested in the communities in the form of access to education, healthcare and other needs. Tourism can provide an alternative income that is more sustainable in the long-term than large-scale agriculture or poaching. @akagerapark in Rwanda is one such destination that an African safari-goer should choose because of how that directly supports wildlife conservation. The success of our partnership with the government and the communities has enabled wildlife to thrive in Akagera, illustrating that the most successful examples of wildlife conservation are often achieved through community involvement. Photo: Scott Ramsay / @love_wild_africa#AfricanParks#Wildlife#Akagera#Rwanda#Tourism@bucketlisters#visitAfrica#beautifuldestinations
Located in the heart of the Congo and a designated World Heritage Site, @garamba_national_park is one of the oldest parks in Africa. However, decades of poaching at the hands of rebel armies and militarized poachers have decimated its once prolific elephant herds. When African Parks assumed management of the park in 2005, our top priority has been to overhaul law enforcement and secure the park. Today, our over 220-strong ranger team on the ground is bringing stability to this area thanks to their dedicated and tireless efforts to protect the people and wildlife who live there. Poaching of elephants is still the main threat in this park, as the demand for ivory continues. But our staff and rangers are doing all we can to create safe spaces, and allow wildlife to do what they do - to breed and thrive. Photo: @lifethroughalensphotography#AfricanParks#Wildlife#Rangers#Intheirshoes#outfitaranger#DRC#Garamba#Congo#TheProtectors
Two very young hyena cubs are receiving round-the-clock care from @akagerapark in Rwanda to ensure their survival and rehabilitation back into the wild. A community member reported a hyena sighting outside the park boundaries, and when our team responded we found these two young hyenas separated from their mum. They were immediately taken to safety where they are receiving care by our staff, under the guidance of vets and rehabilitation centers with experience caring for wild hyenas. Akagera has returned seven hyenas to the park this year who were reported outside the park boundary, which is part of our human wildlife conflict mitigation strategy. Local communities are working with us to report any wildlife outside the park which helps us resolve conflicts and return the animals to the park. By working together we were able to rescue these two cubs, who were estimated to be 4-weeks old weighing less than 2kg each. They are now eating well and putting on needed weight, almost doubling in size in the last four weeks! But it is a long-term commitment; hyena's in the wild can drink milk for over a year and only start eating meat at around 5 months old! We'll make sure to follow Akagera for more updates from the park! #africanparks#akagera#rwanda#hyena#rescue
Building a future for children who love to learn: Students in Malawi have received a new classroom provided by Liwonde National Park. Prior to the classroom, these children were learning under the shade of a tree – committed to their education, no matter where the lessons took place. When our park staff visited Sambammanja Primary School in 2015, they saw the dedication of the students, coupled with their desperate need for a classroom and an administration block. The school had a single school block and a makeshift shelter for 870 students who attend the school, meaning that only grades one to three could be accommodated in the building. Our staff quickly began helping and now students from grades one to six can actually attend school. Education is a priority in the areas where we work, in 2016 more than 3,600 children received an education through the parks under our management. Every child deserves the right to an education and donations made to African Parks help us make sure communities get what they need. To donate to Africa Parks where 100% of your donation goes to the ground where it matters most, visit the link in our bio. @lifethroughalensphotography #AfricanParks#Malawi#Education#GoodNews
Did you know we are protecting more than 15,000 elephants across our parks, spanning an incredible 7 million hectares of national parks in Africa? These elephants are being protected by our 1,000-strong ranger force who ensure the safety and security of countless of animals that live and depend on these parks. But it doesn’t end here, these brave men and women are also bringing stability to regions even beyond the parks boundaries, so that thousands of local people have the safety to be employed, send their children to school, and receive medical treatment. These parks are a beacon of hope for people and wildlife across Africa, and we estimated that just last year alone, 2.1 million benefited from the parks under our management. To help us continue to save more wildlife and to help change people’s lives, please consider donating to African Parks today by clicking the link in our bio – where 100% of your donation goes directly to on the ground, where it matters most. Photo: @brentstirton #Africa#AfricanParks#Wildlife#Rangers#Community#GoodNews#BeMoved#Donate
A beautiful and rare sight as two very young lion cubs are spotted for the first time, playing together as their mother keeps a watchful eye in @zakouma_national_park , in Chad. Zakouma has become a safe haven for Central and West African wildlife including the Kordofan giraffe and a recovering elephant population. African Parks assumed management of the park in 2010 and through our partnership with the Chadian Government have been able to ensure stability and security for both local communities and wildlife. This has paved the way for us to increase our conservation footprint in Chad under the Greater Zakouma Ecosystem, almost doubling our footprint, to ensure more wildlife and people are able to benefit from well-protected parks. Photo by Lynie Pispisano #AfricanParks#Zakouma#Conservation#Lions#Elephants#Giraffe#goodnews
A luxury lodge fit for royalty has opened in Liuwa Plain National Park, in Zambia. King Lewanika Lodge operated by @timeandtideafrica gives visitors the opportunity to experience the extraordinary and remote landscape, which feels like a hidden gem on the African continent. Named after King Lewanika of the Lozi tribe who proclaimed Liuwa a protected area in the early 1880s and made his people the ‘stewards of the park’, this luxury lodge offers exceptional and experienced guides and intimate safari excursions in this unspoiled region. Visitors are able to tap into the magic of Liuwa which is also home to the second largest wildebeest migration in Africa, a growing cheetah population and famed lion pride. Visit @timeandtideafrica to find out more about how you can visit this wonderland while helping to conserve the park as well. Photos courtesy of @timeandtideafrica #AfricanParks#KingLewanika#LuxuryTravel#Lions#Zambia#Liuwa@bucketlisters
The first ‘Half-Earth Day’ by the E.O. Wilson Foundation and @natgeo brought to light inspiring conservation efforts currently underway across the world. In case you missed it, you can now watch the videos from the day, including the interview with Dr. E.O Wilson, as well as the panel discussion with our CMO, @aheydlauff detailing African Parks’ innovative and impactful conservation efforts across Africa. The all-day, inaugural event was an opportunity for everyone to convene, share their unique contributions and thought leadership, and inspire fresh goal-driven energy and engagement in conserving our planet. Watch now from the link in our bio. #HalfEarth#EOWilson#NatGeo#AfricanParks#GoodNews#Conservation
The remarkable and reclusive western lowland gorillas of Odzala National Park in the Congo have been included in the list of the most awe-inspiring wildlife photos in Popular Science Magazine. Approximately 22,000 gorillas call Odzala home – a park that sits in the second largest tropical rainforest in the world. These primates are facing critical threats but the protection Odzala provides them, which has been under our management since 2010, is a ray of hope. Click the link in the bio to view the gallery in #PopularScience. @lifethroughalensphotography#AfricanParks#Odzala#Wildlife#Gorillas
Join our pride - we are hiring! African Parks is looking for a full-time Johannesburg-based Communications and Marketing Assistant to help our team with dynamic storytelling and assistance in promoting all the parks under our management. There are 12 parks (so we don’t get much sleep!). Are you creative, passionate, love conservation and communications, possibly fluent in French, and want to be part of a small but exciting team? If you feel this position is for you, please apply by clicking the link in our bio. If you know of someone please share! We’d love to hear from you. Photo: Anita Mishra #jobopportunity#AfricanParks#busybee#conservatonist
New life on Liuwa Plain: The first wildebeest calves of the season have been born at Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia! Liuwa is home to the second largest wildebeest migration in Africa where more than 24,000 blue wildebeest migrate through the park – along with zebra, tsessebe, eland, buffalo, oribi, red lechwe, reedbuck and common duiker. They are followed closely by Liuwa’s famous predators including the burgeoning clans of spotted hyena, a small but growing lion pride and cheetahs. At 3,660 km2 the park offers unparalleled vistas of seasonally flooded grasslands, dotted with natural pans and islands of broad leaf woodland which play host to extraordinary bird life. Uncrowded and unspoiled, it’s not unusual for guests to be the only tourists for miles around. Photo: @willbl#AfricanParks#Conservation#Wildlife#Wildebeest#KingLewanikaLodge@timeandtideafrica
A mother’s pride: three beautiful new cubs have been spotted for the first time in Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi! After several months in hiding, the Majete Wildlife Research Programme, Malawi caught the first sighting of Shires’ new cubs. Majete is an unlikely story of resurgence and restoration. Just 13 years ago, this reserve was practically an empty forest devoid of most wildlife apart from a few remaining antelope. In 2003 we brought back rhinos, then elephants in 2006; in 2012 we reintroduced lions to the reserve, as well as a host of other species (13 in all and more than 2,500 animals!) making this reserve Malawi’s only Big Five destination. Now more than 12,200 animals are thriving within the park and not one rhino, elephant or lion has been poached since being brought back to the park. Good news in conservation is often the absence of bad news… but there’s good news to be shared happening all around us. Photo: Kayla Geenen #AfricanParks#GoodNews#BigCats#Majete#Wildlife#Lion#cubs@lionrecovery
Breaking news: In an unprecedented show of commitment in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade, the Malawian Government has sentenced three people to a total of 36 years of prison time for poaching a black rhinoceros in Liwonde National Park, earlier this year in Malawi. The sentences are the first and most severe to be handed down for a serious wildlife crime since Malawi strengthened penalties by amending its National Parks and Wildlife Act in December last year. African Parks’ Liwonde Park Manager Craig Reid said “The positive outcome for this case would not have been possible without the resolve of the Government of Malawi in their firm stance against wildlife crime, as well as the cooperating partners at the Malawi Police, the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, African Parks and the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust (@lilongwewildlife) . This sentencing sets a record for the nation, and raises the bar in the fight against the illegal trade of wildlife products in the region”. Click the link in the bio to read the full press release. Photo: @plukmedia #AfricanParks#Liwonde#Rhino#Worthmorealive#Savetherhino#BreakingNews#WildlifeCrime
We are excited and honoured to share that African Parks was recently awarded the prestigious 2017 Biodiversity Award by His Serene Highness, Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco. We are deeply humbled that our organization was recognised for safeguarding biodiversity as usually these awards highlight individuals. We are currently managing 12 parks in eight countries and protecting seven million hectares of wild landscapes across Africa - because of our 4,000 full and part time staff members, almost 1,000 of those are rangers, and because of our government and community partners who are in every place we work. We are so grateful that this award is about all of them, the people who make up African Parks.
Our short-term goal is to manage 20 parks, or secure 10 million hectares by 2020 and from there to double our impact in the years to come. With 1,200 formally recognized protected areas across Africa, we have our work cut out for us. While we are seeing a tremendous groundswell of support for African Parks and our model of management and accountability, we need more institutions, governments and individuals to join with us in helping to rewrite the future of Africa’s wildlife.
We are grateful that that Foundation chose to shine a light on what that bright and hopeful future could look like. Photo: Scott Ramsay / Love Wild Africa @love_wild_africa #GoodNews#Gratitude#PrinceAlbertIIOfMonacoFoundation#joinwithus#savewildlife#BiodiversityAward
Powerful new satellite technology has shown promise in helping anti-poaching efforts on the frontline in DRC’s @garamba_national_park , where militarized poaching groups place immense pressure on the park’s wildlife, including the 1,300 elephants who live in the park. Since 2015, Hatfield Consulting, @airbus, and Pink Matter Solutions supported by the European Space Agency (@europeanspaceagency) have worked with us to trial revolutionary satellite earth observation technology in Garamba in the Democratic Republic of Congo – ground zero in the elephant poaching war. This has provided us with highly accurate information around changes in the area to potentially dramatically improve monitoring and anti-poaching patrols. #AfricanParks#conservation#technology#garamba#antipoaching#worthmorealive#savetheelephants
Mr. Hansjörg Wyss is one of the world’s most generous philanthropists supporting the arts, social justice, science and conservation. To date, he has helped permanently protect more than 27 million acres of land in the U.S., South America, Africa and Europe and we are so proud and fortunate to call this extraordinary and visionary individual our partner. Through The Wyss Foundation, Mr. Wyss has been supporting our work in Malawi, Rwanda and earlier this year made an extraordinary $65M pledge to African Parks to continue our work in those countries, as well as expand our footprint by providing matching, or challenge grants, to bring new parks under our portfolio – Pendjari National Park in Benin was the first new park under that agreement. Read this wonderful full interview (link in our bio) with Hansjörg Wyss and @Mongabay founder Rhett Butler to understand more about his personal history, his vision, how he believes “an act of conservation can be an enduring investment in democracy” and his inspiring quest and achievements in saving the world’s wildest places.
Shoebills are one of the most unique and flagship species for Bangweulu Wetlands in Zambia. These charismatic giants are featured in @BBCWildlifeMagazine, as they steal the show in this watery wonderland of Bangweulu which means “where water meets the sky”. This wetland is home to some 433 bird species with a myriad of avian stars including wattled cranes, swamp flycatchers and blue-breasted bee-eaters – but the shoebills are a bird watchers highlight. Classed as vulnerable, these birds are unique to Africa and are sadly often stolen from their nests to be sold in the illegal wildlife trade. Our shoebill guards have rescued and returned six shoebills back to the wild. Find out more about the conservation achievements we’re achieving in Zambia. Click the link in our bio to find out more about the conservation achievements we’re achieving in Zambia #goodnews#africanparks#wildlife#shoebill#conservation#wildlifetrade
Meet ‘Garamba’, a chimp rescued from the illegal wildlife trade in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Garamba did not have an easy start to his life. He was stolen from his mum and family (whom we can only assume were victims of the bushmeat trade) before he was a year old and kept in a small cage waiting to be sold to the next buyer. Our rangers from @garamba_national_park were alerted to his dire situation and rescued him from a village in Dungu in 2015. After a six-hour journey on a motorbike, he was met by the Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro (@lwiroprimates ) who with the help of MONUSCO flew him to their rehabilitation centre to care for him. He was introduced to a young female of similar age called Kindy, and he started to play and laugh – all good signs of trauma recovery.
Thanks to Lwiro, ‘Garamba’ has a new lease on life, and a new family. Unfortunately, the illegal sale of wildlife continues, and Lwiro has assisted African Parks and Garamba National Park in caring and rehabilitating numerous other primates with similar stories as this little chimp. These are the few lucky ones who have been rescued. While our park staff across the continent are doing everything possible to prevent chimps and gorillas and other primates from getting here in the first place, due to the increasing number of animals arriving at the centre, the cost of caring and nursing these animals has become difficult to sustain. Lwiro needs your help to ensure their vital work continues. Today is Giving Day for Great Apes, a day dedicated to ensuring qualified Great Ape sanctuaries including Lwiro receive the funds they need. Please show your support and consider donating to help them continue their work – link in bio.
We are excited to share the good news that the first cheetah cubs have been born in Liwonde National Park in Malawi! The cubs were born to one of the four wild cheetahs translocated to the park in May this year which was undertaken with our partners at the @endangeredwildlifetrust - Their arrival marked the return of the species to Malawi for the first time in 20 years, and for the first time in 100 years for Liwonde!! Decades of habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict and poaching severely reduced the nation’s predator populations, entirely eradicating cheetahs, a species threatened with extinction in Africa. The reintroduction of the cheetah is historic for the country and a new era for the park, where the return of large predators holds great optimism for the restoration of the parks’ natural system and the conservation of this highly vulnerable species for the country. Join with us in sharing the good news and in welcoming these little cubs to the world, we’re so glad you’re here. Photo: Olivia Sievert
Rare footage of a hippo recorded for the first time on the riverbank of the Lékoli River in Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Congo! It is highly likely that this is the first video footage of a hippo from the northern Congolese lowland forest. Odzala is full of unique and extraordinary wildlife including the western lowland gorilla, forest elephant, forest buffalo, sitatunga and approximately 444 bird species. This nirvana for nature-lovers is situated in the heart of the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world. This unparalleled level of floral diversity creates a breathtaking landscape in which some the planet’s rarest and most enigmatic species can be found. Find out more at odzala.org
Footage courtesy of Torsten Bohm #African Parks #Congo#Odzala#Wildlife#Hippo#Rainforest
If you are looking to visit one of Africa’s most off the beaten path and breathtaking parks, filled with rolling hills, wetlands and savanna, head to Akagera National Park (@akagerapark ) in Rwanda. @telegraphtravel features Akagera and Ruzizi Lodge as a must-see tourism destination – especially after African Parks reintroduced rhinos and lions making this the only park in Rwanda that is home to the ‘Big 5’. Come and stay at Ruzizi Lodge, located on the water’s edge, which is run by African Parks and revenue goes back to the park and surrounding communities. Find out more about Akagera's transformation and how to plan your visit - we'd love to see you there! Photo: Scott Ramsay | Love Wild Africa @love_wild_africa#AfricanParks#Akagera#Conservation#Ruzizi#BucketList#travel
An important milestone has been reached in the fight to protect elephants, as the UK Government takes needed steps forward in banning the legal ivory trade in the country. Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced that a 12-week consultation will occur immediately along with draft legislation with a ban on sales and exports to occur in the new year. While the UK has had a ban on the trade in raw ivory tusks, it has become the world's leading exporter of legal ivory carvings and antiques in recent years. According to an Environmental Investigation Agency report, there were more than 36,000 items exported from the UK between 2010 and 2015, more than three times that of the next biggest exporter, the US. The move is being driven by concern for the 20,000 to 30,000 elephants that are killed by poachers every year. Photo: Scott Ramsay / Love Wild Africa @love_wild_africa#Elephants#WorthMoreAlive#Ivory#WildlifeCrime@stopivoryuk@savetheelephants