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New counter-poaching puppies in @akagerapark, Rwanda! Two of Akagera’s anti-poaching dogs have given birth to a total of 11 puppies, and are all being well cared for by the head trainer of the canine team. One mother, named Nyumba, was one of two dogs recruited from the local community last year and trained as a tracking dog. Local dogs may have a stronger and natural resistance to canine trypanosome, an often deadly disease transmitted by tsetse flies. Yesterday the @nytimes featured Akagera as a prime safari destination (link in bio). Law enforcement has been critical in achieving this result allowing for key wildlife populations to flourish, and for the historic reintroductions of both lions and rhinos. The K9 anti-poaching unit has formed an integral part to this strategy, and the rangers and their canine counterparts have contributed to this ensuring that poaching is at an all-time low, making it safe for nature’s return. In just eight years, Akagera has become a national treasure, bringing in much-needed revenue for local communities ensuring that both people and wildlife can thrive. #africanparks #conservation #wildlife #goodnews #africa #akagera #rwanda #rangers #hope #nature #nationalpark


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Akagera National Park in Rwanda is defying the odds. Today, the @nytimes featured the remarkable story of @akagerapark, a park whose biodiversity was almost lost by late 2000, but has since been restored. Refugees returning to Rwanda in 1994 turned to Akagera’s natural resources for survival. Lions were hunted to extinction by the late 90’s, and the last rhino was seen in 2007. More than 30,000 cattle filled the park, and tourism had disappeared. In 2010 however, African Parks assumed management of Akagera in partnership with the Rwandan Development Board and worked with local communities to shift the park’s trajectory from one of oblivion to prosperity and hope. Law enforcement was overhauled – snares were removed, arrests made and bushmeat confiscated and a canine anti-poaching dog unit was deployed. In 2016, a helicopter arrived thanks to the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, and a k9 ranger unit was implemented, resulting nearly eradicating poaching altogether. With safety restored, lions were reintroduced to the park in 2015 (the population has since tripled) and in 2017, 18 Eastern black rhinos were delivered back to the park, and to Rwanda, after a 10-year absence. Tourism has flourished with more than 37,000 tourists visiting Akagera last year, half of whom were Rwandan nationals, bringing in a record US$1.6 million making the park 75% self-financing in just seven years. This story, along with two of the park’s beautiful camps, Ruzizi Lodge and Karenge Bush Camp which are run by African Parks, are featured in the @nytimes – highlighting the importance of tourism as a key economic driver that supports our efforts to restore the landscape, so both people and wildlife can thrive. Click the link in the bio to read the full article, follow @akagerapark to learn more, and book your visit to Akagera – we’d love to see you there. 🎥 @drewbantlin #AfricanParks #Akagera #Rwanda #Conservation @bucketlisters #bucketlist #travel #safari #ecotourism #elephant


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Sea-faring rangers are protecting Bazaruto National Park’s extraordinary marine biodiversity in Mozambique. Bazaruto, an archipelago off the coast of Mozambique, is often referred to as an African paradise. It is a seascape that is home to the rare and elusive dugong along with other iconic species that include dolphins, whales and turtles. However, the park’s biodiversity is under threat due to unsustainable resource utilisation (mainly due to overfishing). Our rangers are essential for protecting this seascape while also ensuring that the local communities who live there benefit from the park’s existence. In 2017 African Parks assumed management of Bazaruto, the first marine park in our portfolio, in partnership with Mozambique’s National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC). We immediately set to work recruiting and training rangers, working towards a more sustainably managed tourism destination, and establishing community livelihood programmes with the hopes of building a conservation-led economy where people and wildlife thrive. Learn more about our work in Bazaruto by clicking the link in our bio.


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For all our supporters based in the Netherlands, today is your chance to be transported into Liuwa Plain National Park, in Zambia, one of Africa’s most exceptional parks. Watch NPO 1’s “Heroes of the Wild” ("Helden van de Wildernis") at 21:30 this evening and follow Daan Smit, a researcher from the @zcp_org as he shares his passion for Liuwa’s predators which include lions, cheetahs and the hyeanas. For the past five years, Daan has lived as a researcher (and in a tent!) monitoring the growing predator population in Liuwa, which has been under the management of African Parks since 2003. With predator populations in decline across Africa as a result of poaching, loss of habitat and the demand from the illegal wildlife trade, our partnerships with the DNPW and Zambian Carnivore Programme are critical to ensuring that these iconic predators are protected and live long into the future in Zambia. Click the link in the bio to learn more.


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Bangweulu means “where water meets the sky” – which is a perfect description for these incredible and globally significant wetlands in Zambia, which are a life-source for countless people, birds and other wildlife. This park is unique in that it is a community owned protected wetland, home to 50,000 people who depend fully on the richness the park provides. Our community scouts are essential to the long-term protection of these wetlands, conducting anti-poaching patrols, removing snares, confiscating bushmeat, preventing illegal fishing, and ensuring that communities adhere to three-month fishing bans – which are now well-supported and have resulted in improved catch rates and a rise in fish sales, economically benefitting local communities. Bangweulu has become the largest employer in the region and is a burgeoning example of how effectively run protected areas can benefit people and wildlife alike. Photo: @mana_meadows #AfricanParks #Liuwa #Zambia #Wildlife #Community #nature #travel #adventure #safari


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Three years ago, seven wild lions returned to Akagera National Park, in Rwanda, for the first time in 20 years. Today, we are pleased to share that the pride has increased to over 20! This is hopeful news, as lion populations are in decline across Africa – fewer than 20,000 lions remain, down from 200,000 a Century ago – and they are severely threatened by habitat loss, lack of prey, and being hunted due to conflict and even for their teeth, claws, and skin for the illegal market. Just recently, African Parks also reintroduced nine lions to Liwonde National Park, in Malawi. Our hope is that this lion population is able to grow and thrive, as Akagera’s lion population has. Ground-breaking big cat conservation initiatives, like these, are ensuring that wild lions are able to recover in safe places and live long into the future. Read more about the recent lion translocation by clicking the link in the bio. Photo: Sarah Hall #AfricanParks #Rwanda #Lions #BigCats #Akagera #NaturesReturn #africa #cubs #pride #savethelions #cats #wildlife


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Did you know that many of the parks under our management are critical habitats for rare and endangered avian species? Two of the most iconic and recognisable include the pre-historic looking shoebill stork, in Zambia’s Bangweulu Wetlands, and the grey crowned crane in Rwanda’s Akagera National Park. The @guardian recently raised concern around the extinction of key bird species that is unfolding on large continents, driven by human habitat destruction. There are eight bird species that have been confirmed, or highly likely, to be extinct in this decade according to a new statistical analysis by @birdlife_insta. With more than 26,000 of the world’s species now threatened, according to the latest IUCN “red list” assessment, well managed protected areas have the potential to mitigate these threats and provide safe harbour for countless species. At African Parks, we are managing 10.5 million hectares of ecologically diverse landscapes across Africa, with 15 parks in nine countries, and our hope is to provide protection to the people and wildlife who call these parks home. Read the full @guardian article by clicking the link in the bio. Photo: @morgan_trimble #AfricanParks #ProtectedAreas #conservation #Zambia #Rwanda #birds #nature #birdsofinstagram #wildlife #naturephotography #birding #travel #wildlifephotography #birdwatching #bestbirdshots


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Ranger Ghislain Somba Alhadji, an accomplished member of @garamba_national_park law enforcement team in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has been recognised at the annual rhino conservation awards, where he was presented with the 'Special Award for Endangered Species Conservation'. For over 20 years, Mr. Alhadji has risked his life to protect wildlife in the DRC. His reason for doing so is simple – he says he “wants to save the country’s national heritage for the benefit of future generations”. In his role as current Deputy Park Director for Garamba he understands this is a lofty goal—but refuses to be discouraged from achieving it. “It is my deepest hope that this recognition encourages both the winners and nominees to continue the remarkable work that is being done to save the rhino across the continent," said Andrew Campbell, of the @GameRangersAssociationofAfrica who presented the award. Join with us in commending Mr. Alhadji’s commitment to protecting wildlife for the benefit of people and wildlife in Garamba. For the full list of awardees please click the link in our bio. #AfricanParks #Ranger #DRC #GameRanger #wildlife #wildlifeconservation #Community #nature #africa


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A mother cheetah and her cubs on the grasslands of Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia. Not only are new cheetah cubs being born in the park, but for the first time in eight years a male cheetah coalition has been spotted! They form part of a healthy population of predators, including the legendary pride of lions and more than 500 hyenas, that are on the rise since African Parks assumed management of the park in 2003. But we could not have achieved these results alone. Liuwa's local community members, who were appointed as the custodians of the park as early as the 19th century by the King of Barotseland, have been integral in helping protect the park, along with the DNPW and @zcp_org. Follow @liuwaplainnationalpark for the latest park updates. Photo: @life.on.the.african.plains #AfricanParks #Liuwa #Zambia #BigCats #Cheetah #bigcats #safari #wildlife #africa #nature #animals #wildlifephotography #travel #bigcatsofinstagram #picoftheday


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Liwonde National Park Rangers recently rescued another highly endangered pangolin, during a law enforcement operation outside the park, bringing the total number of pangolins rescued in the last year and a half to seven. All of these have been released into the wild in Liwonde National Park. Pangolins were previously relatively unknown, but they have risen to notoriety as possibly the world's most trafficked mammals in recent years. Sadly, these secretive little ‘scaly anteaters’ are hunted for food; their scales are used in traditional medicine and even for fashion. However, there are stringent measures being taken to protect them. Just last month the Malawi Parliament passed new regulations that place an additional 216 species under protection. The regulations form a critical secondary law to the National Parks and Wildlife Act (NPWA), which came into effect in 2017, and which most notably increased the maximum penalty for wildlife crime to up to 30 years in prison. Read more about how Malawi is protecting their natural heritage by clicking the link in the bio. 🎥 Liwonde National Park #AfricanParks #Malawi #Pangolin #Liwonde #Endangered #Wildlife #WorthMoreAlive #Rangers #ForceForGood


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As part of our historic lion reintroduction to Liwonde in Malawi, where lions are now back after 20 years, five wild lions from South Africa were also translocated to Majete Wildlife Reserve. These new lions join the reserve's growing pride, which were initially reintroduced to the reserve by African Parks in 2012 years after they were hunted to local extinction. The arrival of these lions to Majete will increase the genetic diversity of that pride, aiding in their healthy, long-term future where they can breed and thrive. We want this population to grow as part of the overall ecological restoration of the reserve, help boost tourism, and use this growing population as a source to potentially repopulate other reserves in Malawi where lions have gone locally extinct or need supplementing to improve genetic integrity. Liwonde National Park received two lions from Majete along with seven lions from South Africa to create a healthy founder population. While fewer than 20,000 lions remain across Africa, these introductions highlight the ongoing restoration of Malawi’s natural heritage by the Malawian Government and African Parks for the long-term benefit of Malawi’s people. Read the full story by clicking the link in the bio. 📷 @wesley_hartmann #AfricanParks #LionsReturn #Majete #Malawi #Wildlife #BigCats #NaturesReturn #Instagood #Africa #WildlifePhotography


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More than four decades ago, 26 young elephants 🐘 made a historic journey to Akagera National Park in Rwanda. Human-wildlife conflict had reached a breaking point in Bugesera, an area of farmland situated in the south of Rwanda, and the decision was made to translocate these giant land mammals to Akagera. Today, there are more than 100 elephants living in the park, including some of those original elephants. Effective park management has provided them with the space they have needed to breed and thrive. African Parks entered into a long-term partnership with the Rwandan Development Board in 2010 and since then we have practically eliminated poaching; we reintroduced lions in 2015 and rhinos in 2017 and tourism is booming making this park over 75% self financing. Akagera is a shinning light for conservation in Africa, and shows what is possible with political commitment, donor support and effective park management. Follow this story of hope at @akagerapark.org Photo: Vysakh Nambiar #AfricanParks #wildlife #conservation #rwanda #akagera #elephant #africa #safari #nature #wildlifephotography #savetheelephants #elephantlove #jointheherd


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