Strategic Partners

African Parks would like to like to thank each and every one of our funders for supporting our work to protect Africa's wildlife and remaining wild landscapes.

Our conservation progress would not be possible without the funding support we receive from Governments, multi-lateral institutions, conservation organisations, family foundations and individuals. We would like to thank our strategic partners for enabling us to make substantial and a long-term impact on wildlife conservation in Africa.

These donations have been critical in helping us accomplish our track record to date, through the implementation of effective management plans and conservation strategies year after year. This allows us to plan for the future, and to make a real impact. 

African Parks would like to like to thank each and every one of our funders for supporting our work to protect Africa's wildlife and remaining wild landscapes.

Our long-term impact on wildlife conservation in Africa would not be possible without a core group of funders who provide largely flexible, multiyear funding of more than US$500K per year. We also acknowledge several European strategic private funders who prefer to remain anonymous.

Together, these strategic partners have anchored our work and enabled our growth with their incredibly generous and mostly unrestricted support.

  • Acacia Conservation Fund
    Acacia Conservation Fund
    Acacia Conservation Fund (ACF), the philanthropic operation of Acacia Partners, makes conservation investments that address the declining biological diversity of life on earth. ACF supports results- oriented, entrepreneurial organizations that maximize the impact of their philanthropic dollars and that focus on proving and then expanding their impacts over time. Since 2015, ACF has provided unrestricted support and has also invested in African Parks’ Incubator Program, which trains select NGOs on the implementation of African Parks’ model.
  • Adessium Foundation
    Adessium Foundation
    Adessium Foundation is a grant making foundation working towards the benefit of nature and society. Its mission is to contribute to a balanced society by supporting initiatives and organizations in the Netherlands and Europe that are committed to an open and just society, healthy ecosystems and equal opportunities for everyone. Adessium has been a funder of African Parks since 2008, funding both the portfolio of protected areas and institutional development.
  • The Government of Benin
    The Government of Benin
    he Government of Benin made a significant five-year commitment of US$6 million when President Talon invited African Parks to assume management of Pendjari National Park in the W-Arly-Pendjari (WAP) Complex that spans Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger. The aim of the partnership is to preserve, manage, and develop this unique landscape. In addition, the Government of Benin has been instrumental in expanding our footprint into W-Benin and promoting regional security and cooperation.
  • PATRIP Foundation
    PATRIP Foundation
    PATRIP Foundation is a non-profit organization that channels multi-donor funds into cross-border projects aimed at increased stability and integration in fragile regions. PATRIP is improving the security, conservation and social development of the border regions of Northern Benin as a donor to W National Park through a 1.7 million Euros funding for a phase I of infrastructures inside and outside the park. This project is financed by the German Federal Office through the PATRIP Foundation and KfW.
  • The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
    The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
    The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is Germany’s leading provider of international cooperation services. As a federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. Since the start of African Parks engagement in the WAP, GIZ has provided funding to support the aerial survey in the WAP complex in 2019 and a feasibility study for the rehabilitation of the Arly and W Burkina Faso in 2020.
  • The Foreign Commonwealth and  Development Office (FCDO)
    The Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
    The Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty, deliver global goals for sustainable development (SDGs) and tackle a wide range of global challenges. In Malawi, £1 million in UK Aid from the British people is helping build resilience and adaptation to climate change among the communities living around the protected areas under our management. They are supporting education, developing alternative livelihoods, building local leadership capacity, raising awareness on the importance of the environment and conservation, and showcasing how protected areas mutually benefit nature and people.
  • DOB Ecology
    DOB Ecology
    DOB Ecology believes that strong and healthy ecosystems are vital ingredients for life, well-being and sustainable development. The mission of DOB Ecology is to support partners that work to protect and restore threatened ecosystems and (re)build the conditions for resilient livelihoods of local communities. The partnership between DOB Ecology and African Parks consists of two parts: the development and protection of Odzala-Kokoua National Park and a fundamental innovation in park management and nature conservation - not only in this park and within African Parks, but also to be shared in the conservation community: the Conservation Performance Cycle. With the help of technology and strategically prioritized research, new knowledge and data is generated quickly and reliably, which can be directly linked to the operational work on the ground. In this way, impact and progress can be monitored much more effectively and interventions can be adjusted and readjusted to improve results. This approach will be applied in Odzala-Kokoua National Park but will eventually also be integrated into the management of other African parks. In addition, the experiences will be actively shared with others who are active in preserving and managing protected areas (including all DOB Ecology Partners).
  • Dutch Postcode Lottery
    Dutch Postcode Lottery
    The Dutch Postcode Lottery has been raising funds since 1989 to support organisations working towards a fairer and greener world. At least 40% of every ticket sold goes to charity. The lottery has steadily grown to become the biggest charity lottery in the Netherlands, supporting 105 non-governmental organisations. Since its founding, the lottery has dispensed over € 6.2 billion. African Parks has received € 15.2 million since 2010. In 2018, we received a multi-year Extra Project award for Ennedi. In 2020 African Parks received €900,000 in unrestricted funding, but was also the recipient - together with WWF and Peace Parks - of €16.9 million for a Dreamfund project, to boost the ecological and socio-economic development of the world’s largest terrestrial transfrontier conservation area, the Kavango Zambezi (KAZA).
  • The Elephant Crisis Fund
    The Elephant Crisis Fund
    The Elephant Crisis Fund (ECF), a joint initiative of Save the Elephants and the Wildlife Conservation Network, is a flexible and responsive fund that supports the best efforts from the most trusted organisations across the world working to save elephants. Since 2015, the ECF has not only contributed more than US$3.4 million to African Parks, but also expertise on best practices in elephant conservation. This has benefited critical surveillance and intelligence-based protection for some of our most threatened elephant populations in Central, Southern and Western Africa.
  • European Union
    European Union
    The European Union (EU) has been a long-standing funder, first supporting our growth into Central Africa in 2005. Their investment over the years has helped create areas of stability in a volatile region, and has helped attract additional funding and partners. The EU has been critical in managing large landscapes namely the Garamba National Park and its periphery, the Chinko Conservation Area, the Ennedi Natural and Cultural Reserve, the Greater Zakouma Ecosystem and the Odzala-Kokoua National Park. Improved management of those ecological important landscapes through effective park management and governance, safety and security for people and wildlife in respect of their respective rights and opportunities in green sectors for local populations contribute to the EU NaturAfrica’ initiative.
  • The Fondation des Savanes Ouest-Africaines
    The Fondation des Savanes Ouest-Africaines (FSOA)
    The Fondation des Savanes Ouest-Africaines (FSOA) or West African Savannah Foundation, is a conservation trust fund promoting the preservation of protected areas of the W-Arly-Pendjari (WAP) Complex, while advancing education, science and local economic development. The Foundation was set up by the Beninese Government and IUCN with the financial contributions of Benin Government, Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Financial German Cooperation (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau -KfW). The Foundation has been providing significant annual financial contribution to the successful management of the Pendjari National Park’s, since 2017. In 2019-2020, the FSOA provided 85% of funding to implement a Priority Action Plan to secure the Beninese W National Park, which evolved into a full management mandate to APN, in June 2020. The Foundation also committed promptly to cover fully funding needs to establish the first 3-months plan from the APN Mandate for APN management of Park W-Benin, up to December 2020. Its larger vision is to create a sustainable source of funding and support synergy of actions within the W-Arly-Pendjari Complex.
  • Howard G. Buffett Foundation
    Howard G. Buffett Foundation
    The Howard G. Buffett Foundation seeks to catalyse transformational change, particularly for the world’s most impoverished and marginalized populations. The Foundation views its resources as rare risk capital that can improve conditions and create change in the most difficult circumstances and geographies. Since 2014, the Foundation has supported a range of projects at Akagera from the construction of an eco-lodge to increase tourism, the re-introduction of rhinos, to general park management and security. The Foundation also donated an Airbus Helicopter to Garamba National Park, providing a vital force multiplier for its anti-poaching team. African Parks was also the beneficiary of a donation of real property, and the proceeds from the sale were received in 2020, providing important funding for on-going operations.
  • Oppenheimer Generations Foundation
    Oppenheimer Generations Foundation
    Oppenheimer Generations Foundation provides catalytic, flexible and discretionary funding in support of their commitment to building sustainable and prosperous societies. The Foundation began funding Bazaruto Archipelago National Park in 2018, committed US$2 million over five years to bring this marine area under African Parks’ management and unlock the value for its communities.
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    The National Geographic Society
    The National Geographic Society uses the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world. Pendjari National Park in Benin is supported by the Society’s Last Wild Places initiative. Since 2018, the Society has been supporting Pendjari National Park with a five-year multimillion-dollar grant in partnership with The Wyss Foundation and the Government of Benin.
  • Oak Foundation
    Oak Foundation
    Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, Oak Foundation makes grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide. African Parks received a $1 million grant to support the set-up of operations and restoration of two new parks in in the African Parks portfolio: Matusadona National Park in Zimbabwe and Iona National Park in Angola.
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    Fentener van Vlissingen Family
    The late Paul Fentener van Vlissingen provided the bulk of the initial funding that established African Parks in 2000. In 2010, his daughters Alicia and Tannetta Fentener van Vlissingen committed €25 million to the African Parks Endowment Fund in accordance with their father’s final wishes. Income from this Fund is earmarked primarily for African Parks’ overhead costs. During 2020 the Fund contributed US$1.8 million towards African Parks Network.
  • People's Postcode
    People’s Postcode Lottery
    People’s Postcode Lottery manages lotteries on behalf of 20 Postcode Trusts. A minimum of 32 percent goes directly to charities and good causes across Britain and internationally. African Parks has been a recipient of funding raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery since 2015. In 2020, African Parks received £2 million as part of the Postcode Climate Challenge initiative, to help secure ecosystems and mitigate climate change in Chinko, Odzala-Kokoua, Liuwa Plain and Nyungwe National Park. African Parks UK is registered as a charity under OSCR, the Scottish regulator under nr.SC050047, and licensed and regulated in Great Britain by the Gambling Commission under account number 57119. For more details on our license granted by the Gambling Commission please visit:
  • Rob and Melani Walton Foundation
    Rob and Melani Walton Foundation
    The mission of the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation is to elevate people, planet, and purpose by changing what people feel is possible and know is doable. The Rob and Melani Walton Foundation seeks partners who focus on the essential and interconnected elements of sustaining life, advancing all forms of knowledge, promoting understanding of healing, and increasing the sustainability of people and our planet. The Waltons have been invaluable partners to African Parks since 2003, providing support to safeguard the long-term survival of parks and wildlife across the continent. They supported the reintroduction of species such as lions and black rhinos to Akagera National Park, the development of evidence-based performance metrics, and our close collaboration with governments and communities to identify and share best practices.
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    Donna and Marvin Schwartz
    Donna and Marvin Schwartz are extraordinary advocates for conservation and animal-related causes. They have a special interest and strong commitment to saving elephants and other large species that are threatened by poaching. The Schwartz family’s relationship with African Parks began in 2012 and they have provided critical support to our anti-poaching work in Central Africa. Their generosity has supported diverse efforts in Garamba National Park, Chinko and Odzala-Kokoua National Park. In 2018, the Schwartz family made a five-year pledge to provide on-going support for this critical work.
  • Fondation Segré
    Fondation Segré
    Fondation Segré is a Swiss foundation established in 1996, committed to help protect the biodiversity of our planet through the active conservation of threatened species and their habitat, and the restoration of degraded ecosystems. Fondation Segré became a strategic funding partner of African Parks in 2016 and has supported our work in the Bangweulu Wetlands, Chinko, Bazaruto Archipelago, Odzala-Kokoua, Zakouma, and most recently also Nyungwe National Park. To date, they have provided over US$5 million.
  • Stichting Natura Africae
    Stichting Natura Africae
    Stichting Natura Africae is a charitable foundation established by Jan Verhagen, a Dutch entrepreneur, in 2017. Natura Africae is dedicated to the conservation of national parks and protected areas in Africa, and recognises the reciprocal relationship between the livelihoods of local communities and the successful protection of an ecosystem’s wildlife. The foundation provided €4 million in 2020, continuing its long-term commitment to Liuwa Plain National Park and the Bangweulu Wetlands. It also supported community and research project in Odzala-Kokoua, and the start of operations in Iona National Park, Angola.
    U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) operates the Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE) with the aim of conserving the ecological integrity of the Congo Basin Forest for the benefit of local people and the global community. With their support, we are able to carry out the core protected area management of Garamba National Park and Chinko. In addition, through USAID funding, African Parks in consortia with African Wildlife Foundation is improving community resilience and wildlife conservation in the Mbomou-Uele border region.
  • The U.S. Department of State
    The U.S. Department of State
    The U.S. Department of State, through both the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and the Bureau of African Affairs (AF), advances good governance and peace and security, pre-requisites for sustainable economic development and protection of natural resources. They began providing support in 2018 and have committed over US$3 million for ranger uniforms, equipment and training for African Parks teams operating in Chad, Central African Republic, Malawi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo and Zambia. They have also supported leadership development and core training infrastructure, all of which leads to enhanced capacity to disrupt illegal wildlife trade and promote regional stability.
  • The Wildcat Foundation
    The Wildcat Foundation
    The Wildcat Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation whose purpose is to help save and provide for the long-term conservation of endangered wildlife and wild places in Africa. It supports innovative new approaches that disrupt traditional wildlife protection paradigms, focusing largely on medical training, aircraft, equipment and technology for Rangers. The Wildcat Foundation first partnered with African Parks in 2014, supporting the historic 500-elephant move in Malawi. Over the years, Wildcat has invested in seven parks across six countries. Wildcat has been instrumental in assisting with the development and implementation a new law enforcement strategy at Garamba National Park, which has resulted in a 95% reduction in elephant poaching.
  • WWF - The Netherlands
    World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has been supporting African Parks since 2007, with the goal of promoting the African Parks management model across Africa. WWF Zambia contributes to core operating costs and conservation projects at Liuwa Plain National Park and Bangweulu Wetlands. WWF the Netherlands provides support to the Zambian parks and Odzala-Kokoua National Park. WWF Belgium became a strategic funding partner in 2017 supporting the Malawi parks and Liuwa Plain.
  • The Wyss Foundation
    The Wyss Foundation
    The Wyss Foundation is a private charitable foundation dedicated to supporting innovative, lasting solutions that improve lives, empower communities and strengthen connections to the land. The relationship with African Parks began in 2015 with a grant to support the restoration of Akagera National Park followed by a significant investment in Liwonde National Park and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, both in Malawi. In 2017, The Wyss Foundation made a ground-breaking commitment of US$65 million to provide on-going support for Akagera and the Malawi Parks along with start-up funding for five new parks. This enabled the addition of Pendjari and W National Parks in Benin, Bazaruto Archipelago National Park in Mozambique, Iona National Park in Angola, and Matusadona National Park in Zimbabwe.
  • The Lion Recovery Fund
    The Lion Recovery Fund
    The Lion Recovery Fund (LRF), an initiative operated and managed by the Wildlife Conservation Network, is a nimble and flexible fund that invests in the most innovative and effective projects across Africa that can recover lions and restore their landscapes. Since 2017, the LRF has contributed more than US$2.3 million to African Parks. This funding has benefitted eight different African Parks sites, but with a particular focus on several parks in West and Central Africa given the extreme vulnerability of lion populations in those regions. The LRF has invested heavily in African Parks’s Chinko site in Central African Republic, a vast 55,000 km2 wilderness with immense potential for lion recovery.

Our work is only possible with the support of our Government and other local partners in each country in which we operate.

Although the approach adopted by African Parks is one of delegated management, we still remain dependent on our host Ministries, Departments, Wildlife Institutions and Traditional Authorities to serve as the link to various sectors of government to secure approvals, licences, and permits and ensure general political and societal support for our actions.

The stronger these relationships, the better the support to our activities, the more successful the project. Their statutory roles are enshrined in the agreements, and their participation is ensured through approval of park business plans and participation on the park Boards. We thank them all for the trust bestowed upon African Parks.

  • The Government of Benin
    The Government of Benin
    The Government of Benin made a significant five-year commitment of US$6 million when President Talon invited African Parks to assume management of Pendjari National Park in the W-Arly-Pendjari (WAP) Complex that spans Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger. The aim of the partnership is to preserve, manage, and develop this unique landscape. In addition, the Government of Benin has been instrumental in expanding our footprint into W-Benin and promoting regional security and cooperation.
  • Central African Republic Ministry of the Environment for Sustainable Development of Water, Forests, Hunting and Fishing
    Ministry Of Water & Forestry, Hunting & Fishing Of Central African Republic (CAR)
    The Ministry of Water and Forestry, Hunting and Fishing retains primary responsibility for sustainable management of forest resources, including oversight of commercial forestry operations and management of the national parks of the CAR. We began our work with the Ministry in Chinko in 2014; the current Minister is Lambert Lissane-Moukove.
  • The Republic of Chad
    The Republic of Chad
    The Republic of Chad is African Parks’ partner in the management of Greater Zakouma Ecosystem, an extensive ecosystem that includes Zakouma National Park and Siniaka Minia Wildlife Reserve, and in the management of the new Natural and Cultural Reserve of Ennedi (NCRE). The Chadian Government, on the advice of The European Union, approached African Parks in 2010 to assume management responsibility of Zakouma to put an end to the ongoing scourge of elephant poaching. The mandate agreement was signed in June 2010, and African Parks commenced management of the park and periphery in October the same year. Abdelkerim Siddick Haggar is the Minister of Environment, Water and Fisheries and Madangah Ngamgassou is the Director of Wildlife.
  • Ministry of Forest Economy and Sustainable Development of the Republic of the Congo
    Ministry Of Forest Economy & Sustainable Development Of The Republic Of The Congo
    The Ministry of Forest Economy and Sustainable Development has the task to execute national policy as defined by the President of the Republic of the Congo regarding sustainable development, forest economy, and the environment. We began our work with the Ministry in in 2010, when our first management agreement was signed for Odzala-Kokoua National Park and we are very proud to have seen additional protection of this unique landscape through the signing of a new management agreement with the Minister, Madame Rosalie Matondo, in 2020. Under the Ministry, African Parks works with Agence Congolais pour les Fôrets et les Aires Protégées (ACFAP), which is represented by its Director-General, Paco Bockandza.
  • Institute Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Institute Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
    The ICCN is the semi-autonomous government authority charged with the management of protected areas in the DRC. The mandate of the ICCN is to control and patrol these protected areas, collect and analyse data from the field, and facilitate tourism where possible. We began our work with the ICCN in Garamba National Park in 2005 under the leadership of Pasteur Cosma Wilungala.
  • Malawi Department of National Parks and Wildlife
    Malawi Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW)
    The DNPW is the statutory organisation in charge of national parks, wildlife reserves and sanctuaries, as well as wildlife management on communal lands in Malawi, while The Department of Forestry is responsible for the management of all forest reserves in the country. We began our work with the DNPW in Majete Wildlife Reserve in 2003, in Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve and Liwonde National Park in 2015, and most recently in Mangochi Forest Reserve in 2018. The Public-Private Partnership Commission (PPPC) has played an instrumental role, particularly in the conclusion of the more recent projects.
  • National Administration Of Conservation Areas (ANAC) - Mozambique
    National Administration Of Conservation Areas (ANAC) - Mozambique
    In December 2017, African Parks signed a 25-year co-management agreement with Mozambique’s National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC) to restore, develop and manage Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, and revitalise it to become one of the leading and most productive marine protected areas in Eastern Africa. Mateus Jose Mutemba is the current General Director of ANAC.
  • Rwanda Development Board (RDB)
    Rwanda Development Board (RDB)
    The RDB is the government agency responsible for managing Rwanda’s national parks and protected areas. Its mission is to transform Rwanda into a dynamic hub for business, investment and innovation, with a mission to fast-track economic development in Rwanda by enabling private-sector growth. We began our work with RDB in Akagera National Park in 2010 and in Nyungwe National Park in 2020, and recognise Ms Claire Akamanzi for her unwavering support of Akagera and Nyungwe.
  • Zambian Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DPNW)
    Zambian Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DPNW)
    The Zambian DNPW works to protect and conserve Zambia’s wildlife estates and to improve the quality of life among communities and maintain sustainable biodiversity. We began our work with the DNPW in Liuwa Plain National Park in 2003 and in the Bangweulu Wetlands in 2008. Dr Chuma Simukonda is the current Director.
  • Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) - Zambia
    Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) - Zambia
    The BRE is recognised by the Zambian Government as an official administrative entity in the Barotseland region and, as such, is an essential partner in the Liuwa Plain project. His Majesty Lubosi Imwiko II and the Limulunga Kuta (Parliament) played an instrumental role in convincing the Zambian Government to conclude an agreement with African Parks in 2003 and have maintained an active role in guiding the project through the participation of two BRE representatives on the Liuwa Board.
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    Zimbabwe Parks And Wildlife Management Authority (PWMA)
    he Zimbabwe PWMA operates under the Parks and Wildlife Act [Chapter20:14] of 2001. The Authority manages one of the largest estates in the country, about five million hectares of land, or 13% of Zimbabwe’s total land area. Mandated with the protection, management and administration of the wildlife of Zimbabwe, the Authority has had a proud history of sound management that endeavours to preserve the unique flora and fauna heritage of Zimbabwe.
  • The Angola Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Environment (MCTA) & the National Institute of Biodiversity and Conservation Areas (INBAC), Angola
    The Angola Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Environment (MCTA) & the National Institute of Biodiversity and Conservation Areas (INBAC), Angola
    MCTA is the Ministerial Department responsible for the formulation, execution, and control of the Executive’s policy regarding environmental protection. This includes the preservation and conservation of environmental quality, pollution control, terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity, conservation areas and enhancement of the natural heritage, as well as the preservation and rational use of renewable natural resources. INBAC was created to ensure the implementation of the Biodiversity Conservation Policy and management of the National System of Conservation Areas.

Other Partners

  • Americares logo
    Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster. Each year, Americares reaches more than 90 countries, including the United States, with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies. Americares is the world’s leading nonprofit provider of donated medicine and medical supplies.
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    The Hunger Project
    The Hunger Project works on ending hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women centered strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world. The Hunger Project currently reaches more than 17 million people in nearly 16.000 villages in Africa, Asia and Latin America. For more information about The Hunger Project visit and www.thehungerproject.nlis, alternatively click the above link to view the impact The Hunger Project is making around Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi.