African Parks is a conservation NGO that manages National Parks & Protected Areas on behalf of governments across Africa to benefit wildlife & people

Liwonde National Park in Malawi is undergoing a transformation. As part of a large predator restoration project, together with the Malawian Department of National Parks and Wildlife, we’ve been able to bring back lions (which were last seen in the park in 2007) and cheetahs (which have been absent for 100 years!) Here, two anesthetized wild lions have been darted in South Africa for transfer to Malawi. The reintroduction process is being done in phases to create a healthy, functioning founder population, where lions are placed in bomas (specially built enclosures) in the Park, where they can bond and begin to form a pride, before being released into the wider park. This lion project has been generously funded by @lionrecovery @leonardodicapriofdn @leonardodicaprio #DutchGovernment. While lions have experienced a catastrophic range collapse in the last few decades - people are starting to take notice. It’s not too late - lions can recover - we just need the space, protection, and the will and the action to do it.
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For too long, good news in conservation has been the absence of bad news. However, this is no longer an acceptable outcome if we are to succeed in conserving Africa’s natural heritage. African Parks was founded on the very premise that the remaining intact and wild landscapes of Africa can be successfully conserved, and even those that are degraded can be restored. At the close of 2017, African Parks was responsible for managing 14 protected areas in nine countries (we now manage 15), spanning 10.5 million hectares (40,540 square miles) covering seven of the 11 ecological biomes on the continent. In each one of these protected areas under our management, we are conducting a range of active management interventions – extreme species translocations and reintroductions, providing security to create safer spaces for both humans and wildlife, and ensuring that local people benefit, thus building constituencies for conservation. Where security is restored and governance established, we see the rise of civility, and the overall return to a better way of life. This is why we wanted our 2017 annual report to focus on restoration – in celebration of the return of these species, and the overall transformation underway in the parks. We would love the share what we have achieved in the last year with you, start exploring the 2017 annual report “Restoration: Nature’s Return” by clicking the link in the bio Photo: @lifethroughalensphotography
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Did you know that we are protecting the last 48 Kordofan Giraffe in the Democratic Republic on the Congo? This #WorldGiraffeDay we are shedding light on our fight to save these incredible giants who live in @garamba_national_park . Last year the giraffe population was down to 37 individuals, but due to increased protection allowing them to breed and raise their young, the most recent news is that they have increased to 48 individuals! Giraffes are listed as Vulnerable to extinction on the @IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Giraffe numbers in Africa have plummeted by a staggering 40% over the last 30 years and it is estimated that today that there are fewer than 100,000 giraffe remaining in all of Africa. They have been targeted and killed by poachers, caught in snares and killed even just for their tails – which are sold as dowries and for the illegal trade. But the last remaining population has found protection in Garamba. Giraffes are now steadily increasing thanks to an effective research and monitoring programme implemented by the conservation team on the ground in collaboration with @giraffe_conservation Foundation. Help us raise awareness and support for giraffe in the wild and to support our efforts in Garamba, please visit the donate link in our bio – where 100% of your donation goes to efforts like these in protecting wildlife and people in Africa. Footage courtesy of David Hamlin. #AfricanParks #WorldGiraffeDay #Conservation #Wildlife #conservation #DRC #Garamba


Zakouma National Park’s six black rhinos have been dehorned. The horns were removed and transported away from the park to a secure location in the nation’s capital. In addition to these security and protective measures, a horn trimming regime will continue on a frequent basis going forward. The dehorning, which was part of the initial plan in caring for these rhinos in @zakouma_national_park , was carried out by experienced vets who took every step to ensure that dehorning was done safely and did not cause any harm to the rhino. This step was carefully researched and planned, and studies suggest there is no long-term or social impact of dehorning, as long as all the rhinos in an area are dehorned. There are fewer than 5,000 wild black rhinos remaining in the world today – which is the result of being heavily targeted by poachers who are killing these animals, who have been around for millions of years, simply for the illegal sale of their horns. In a historic move, the first six black rhinos were reintroduced to Zakouma National Park in May bringing back the species after a nearly 50-year absence. Dehorning them is one of the many security measures we are taking to reduce the risk of poaching. We have spent the last eight years making Zakouma safe for these rhinos, and all the other wildlife in the park thanks to our rangers and community-based conservation initiatives. Together with the government of Chad, our rangers, and the surrounding communities, we are ensuring these rare black rhinos are protected and have an opportunity to breed and thrive for the benefit of future generations to come. Photo: @stevewinterphoto #AfricanParks #RhinoMove #RhinoReturn #Zakouma #Chad #Conservation #SavetheRhino
Les six rhinocéros noirs du Parc National de Zakouma ont été écornés. Leurs cornes ont été retirées et transportées du parc vers un endroit sûr dans la capitale du pays. En plus de ces mesures de sécurité et de protection, un programme de taille des cornes sera poursuivra régulièrement à l'avenir.


Did you know that there’s a healthy population of lions in @zakouma_national_park in Central Africa in Chad? With safety restored, the park's lion and elephant population is steadily increasing for the first time in over a decade, and other wildlife are on the rise as well, including the six black rhinos who were translocated to the park just last month. Zakouma has become a safe haven for Central Africa's wildlife, providing the space and safety they need to breed and thrive. And where wildlife thrives, people thrive too. To read the inspiring story of Zakouma, click the link in our bio.
Photo: @lifethroughalensphotography #AfricanParks #Conservation #GoodNews #Wildlife #Instagood #Zakouma


A once near-empty forest is alive with the sounds of a growing elephant herd thanks to the historic 500 Elephant translocation which was completed almost a year ago. More than 520 elephants and 2,000 other animals were moved from Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in northern Malawi between July 2016 and August 2017. We are already seeing some incredible results. Tourism is on the increase and the births of new calves have been documented in Nkhotakota. Remarkable measures have been taken to actively restore this landscape, which would not have been possible without the collaboration with the Government of Malawi, and with critical support from the @postcodeloterij, the @peoplespostcodelottery, the Wyss Foundation and the Wildcat Foundation. It is early days, but in only two short years, this park symbolises possibility and what nature can do with our help, if only given the chance. 📷 @frankweitzer #AfricanParks #Malawi #Nkhotakota #Elephants #500elephants


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A herd of elephants peacefully stroll along the river’s edge in @garamba_national_park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This spectacular landscape, one of Africa’s oldest national parks as well as being a World Heritage Site, is a jewel - with its rich natural heritage as well as the role the park is playing in delivering safety for people and wildlife alike. But this wasn’t always the case. Decades of unrest and armed conflict along with heavily militarized and incentivized poachers have led to a catastrophic 95% decline in Garamba’s elephant population, down from 22,000 in the 1970’s to 1,200 today. Since 2005, African Parks has partnered with the ICCN to protect the park and local people from these horrific but also looming threats – but we’re finally at a critical turning point, and are gaining ground. In the last 18 months, our Garamba team has been able to decrease elephant poaching by 50 percent, and so far in 2018, only two elephants have been poached. Operating in Garamba is not for the faint of heart. It requires dedication, resilience and endurance, and we are proud of the teams on the ground, past and present, who have dedicated their lives to preserving Garamba. What is happening here is an incredible display of the human indomitable spirit – changing the course for elephants and other wildlife, as well as for countless of people. Footage courtesy of @naftali_honig #AfricanParks #Garamba #DRC #ICCN #Elephant #SavetheElephant #worthmorealive #Rangers


Yesterday, hundreds of rangers marched in commemoration of @garamba_national_park's 80th Anniversary. Garamba is one of Africa’s oldest parks, declared in 1938 for its incredible beauty and diversity. It was further made a @unesco World Heritage site in 1980 for harbouring the largest remaining population of the Northern white rhino and more than 22,000 elephants. But today, after decades of rampant poaching, fewer than 1,200 elephants remain and the Northern white rhino was last seen in 2006. Even Kordofan giraffe are hanging on by a thread with only 48 individuals left. More tragic is the number of people, both rangers and civilians, who have been heavily impacted by Africa’s poaching wars. However, the tide is turning. Today, Garamba's ranger team compete with Africa’s best. Thanks to tremendous support from the @EU, the @worldbank, @usaid, and the Wildcat Foundation, we’ve better trained and equipped our ranger force, and new technology is aiding our efforts, and we are finally gaining ground. Poaching of elephants was down 50% in 2017 for the first time in years, and so far in 2018, only two elephants have been killed. Illegal activity in the park has been significantly reduced, and critical wildlife populations are on the rise. However, the greatest impact has been on the surrounding communities, with 1,200 children receiving an education and more than 10,000 community members gaining access to healthcare in 2017 alone. Together, with the ICCN, Garamba is becoming a safer place, in the most extraordinary circumstances, for wildlife and people to thrive. Click the link in the bio to watch the full video. #AfricanParks #Conservation #Wildlife #Garamba #DRC #ICCN #Giraffe #education #instagood


Sound on!: Today we celebrate a story of hope and resilience as we commemorate @garamba_national_park's 80th anniversary. “Garamba is one of Africa’s most challenging landscapes to protect, where both people and wildlife have borne tremendous costs inflicted by heavily-incentivized militant groups and regional instability," said Peter Fearnhead, CEO of @africanparksnetwork . Garamba has had a tragic past. In the 1970’s there were more than 22,000 elephants here, but fewer than 1,200 remain. Signs of the last Northern white rhino were last documented in 2007. But even more tragic is the number of people, both rangers and civilians, who have lost their lives in what is globally recognized as ground zero in Africa’s poaching wars. But with support from our key partners, we completely overhauled our law enforcement strategy in 2016; we grew our ranger force, better trained and outfitted our rangers, and implemented new technology to aid our efforts. And we are finally gaining ground. Poaching is down 50% compared to prior years and illegal activity has declined dramatically. At today’s commemoration, hundreds of rangers saluted as the nation’s flag was raised, paying tribute to fallen heroes and a painful past; and over a thousand community members also attending showing their support for the parks 80th anniversary. Peter Fearnhead continued “What we’re demonstrating here with the ICCN and our partners is that with a shared vision, political will, donor support and engagement with local communities, we can shift the trajectory of this region and are now offering a safe place for biodiversity and people in even the most extraordinary circumstances”
Read the full story by clicking the link in our bio. #AfricanParks #Garamba #Rangers #DRC #Wildlife #Community #Elephants #worthmorealive #Instagood @unesco


Nestled in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Garamba was declared a National Park in 1938 – making it one of Africa’s oldest parks. Recognised for its ecologically rich landscape, a mix of tropical forest and savanna, and its critically important elephant and rhino populations, it was declared a @unesco World Heritage Site in 1980. But by that time, the park was already under threat and the poaching onslaught had begun. By 1996 the park was then added to the list of Endangered World Heritage Sites due to the continued destruction of its wildlife, coupled with years of war and civil unrest. This has resulted in losing the last Northern white rhinos by 2005, as well as 95% of its elephant population – now hovering around 1,200 from 22,000 in the 1970’s. In order to stop the parks complete demise, we entered into a long-term agreement in 2005 to manage the park, in partnership with the ICCN. Thanks to the support of our key partners including the @europeancommission, @worldbank, @usaid - US Agency for International Development, The Wildcat Foundation and others, we’re finally seeing a turning point. Elephant poaching is down 50% compared to prior years; this year we’ve only lost two. Our growing ranger force which provides security to tens of thousands of people living around the park is providing life-saving support to refugees and residents, and creating safe places for people and wildlife not just to persist, but to thrive. Photo: @lifethroughalensphotography #AfricanParks #Garamba #DRC #WorldHeritageSite #Endangered #conservation #wildlife #nature @garamba_national_park


Did you know that even giraffes are under threat? The last remaining Kordofan giraffe in the entire Democratic Republic of Congo live in @garamba_national_park – last year they were down to 37 individuals, but due to increased protection allowing them to breed and raise their young, the most recent news is that they have increased to 48 individuals! These fragile giants have been targeted and killed by poachers for mainly one thing – their tails – which are sold as dowries and for the illegal trade. But the last remaining population has found protection in Garamba. Giraffes are now steadily increasing thanks to an effective research and monitoring programme implemented by the conservation team on the ground and in collaboration with @giraffe_conservation Foundation. This, coupled with our dedicated ranger team and community engagement has granted these giraffes a needed lifeline and reprieve. And they aren’t the only ones benefiting. These giraffes, along with the last viable elephant population in the DRC, and a myriad of other wildlife are finding safe harbour in Garamba, a park often known as ground-zero in Africa’s poaching wars. However, the dedicated park management and ranger team have implemented a law enforcement strategy that has resulted in a 50 percent decline in known poaching incidences in the past year. Hope is creeping back, and is on the horizon for the people and wildlife who live here. To support our efforts in Garamba, please visit the donate link in our bio – where 100% of your donation goes to efforts like these in protecting wildlife and people in Africa. Photo: @lifethroughalensphotography #africanparks #giraffe #garamba #drc #endangered #wildlife