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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


Share your love for wildlife this Father’s Day. 📷 #AfricanParks #BigCats #Liuwa #Zambia #FathersDay


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


All six rhinos are doing well in @zakouma_national_park
Just over a month ago, African Parks along with @sanparks and the Chadian and South African Governments brought 6 black rhinos, by plane, back to Zakouma National Park after they were last seen here almost 50 years ago. They are currently in special enclosures, getting used to their new diet, and will be released into the wider and well protected, secure park once the rains have produced enough browse for them. For more updates on their historic return, visit the link in our bio and sign up to follow their incredible journey.
Photo by @evameurs
#rhinos #africanparks #zakouma #goodnews #rhinosreturn #rhinomove #happysunday


For the last 27 years Thomas Manasse, Head Ranger of Bazaruto Archipelago National Park in Mozambique, has helped guard one of the most pristine oceans found at the tip of Africa. Today, on #WorldOceansDay, he explained why it is critical for us to preserve this wild expanse for future generations. He said, “today is a day where we are all called to participate in the protection of the worlds oceans and coastal areas. It is our responsibility to reflect on this date and measure what we are doing to ensure the survival of marine ecosystems - which includes a rich diversity of animals. We are at risk of losing it all, as a result of chronic pollution and climate change. We are the custodians of this natural heritage and are committed to protecting the oceans and educating others to do the same. We are working tirelessly to improve the protection of oceans in this region, ensuring the best living conditions for the present and future generations through sustainable fishing and low-impact tourism”. Bazaruto, which spans 143,000 hectares of productive seascape off the coastline of Mozambique and is the first marine reserve to come under the protection of African Parks, encompasses terrestrial and marine habitats of unique ecological value. The area is critical for whales, dolphins, sharks, turtles, whale sharks – and for providing fisheries for thousands of local people. Bazaruto is also home to the last viable population of dugongs - the only strictly marine herbivorous mammal now listed as vulnerable to extinction. Oceans are our lungs, and cover 70% of of our planet, but are under threat as a result of pollution, overfishing, and global warming. We have the knowledge in order to change this course, we just need the will, like Thomas has. Thomas and the other rangers from Bazaruto are working tirelessly to ensure that this incredible seascape is secured now, and for generations to come. Please share their story this #worldoceansday. 📷@christian_at_blickfein #AfricanParks #Bazaruto #Mozambique #Dugong #Wildlife #Oceans


Garamba Nationa Park is positively impacting lives through community-led conservation in north-eastern DRC. Our team works closely with local communities to improve livelihoods, focusing on education, healthcare and alternative livelihoods. In the last year, 1,500 students received access to education, and over 9,700 people benefitted from healthcare services provided by Garamba. The park is also one of the largest employers in the region. Situated in an area with little to no economic opportunity, Garamba has almost 500 full-time staff with 2,000 more on short-term contracts. Our growing ranger team is also a force for good, providing security to tens of thousands of people living around the park, providing life-saving support to refugees and residents, creating safe places for hope to return to this corner of the world again. By strengthening the links between conservation and economic benefits the park can provide, Garamba’s long-term future - and the wildlife who live there - stand more than a fighting chance. Photo: @lifethroughalensphotography #AfricanParks #Garamba #DRC #learning #school #inspiration #instagood @garamba_national_park


A rare sighting of a reclusive lion in @garamba_national_park in the DRC. A designated UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of Africa’s oldest parks, Garamba sprawls over two thousand square miles and is home to a myriad of species including the last Kordofan giraffes in Congo, and the country’s only significant remaining population of elephants. In the 1970s, there were more than 22,000 elephants in Garamba. Today there fewer than 1,200. Until 2005, the park sheltered the world’s last wild population of the northern white rhinoceros as well, but, except for two individual animals in captivity in Kenya, that subspecies has been poached to extinction. To stop the park’s complete destruction and bring stability to the area, African Parks signed an agreement in 2005 to manage Garamba with the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN). In 2017, poaching had decreased by 50 percent - for the first time in years. Surveys have shown a significant reduction of illegal activity in the park and key wildlife populations including giraffe and hartebeest have stabilised or are on the rise. And what we’re seeing is that where nature is protected and allowed to return, lies a better existence for all who live there. Photo @naftali_honig #AfricanParks #Garamba #DRC #BigCat #Wildlife #Lion #Elephant


We are celebrating all things wild this UN World Environment Day. Across the rainforests, savannahs and wetlands, these incredible landscapes are home to some of the world’s most extraordinary species – elephants, rhinos, gorillas, lions, leopards and so many more. With 15 protected areas under our management across Africa, we are ensuring that countless wildlife have the space they need to breed and thrive long into the future. And where wildlife thrives, people thrive. Thank you for supporting us and enabling us to protect these magnificent landscapes for all who live there. #BigCats #animalonearth #africanparks #conservation #wildlife #cub #worldenvironmentday @unenvironment


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