Our Track Record

African Parks is securely positioned to achieve 20 parks by 2020 given our competency and expertise in protected area management. Some key and relevant achievements include:

  • African Parks is the only organisation to achieve 100% management responsibility for protected areas and national parks on behalf of governments
  • We pioneered the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model for protected area management in Africa
  • With 15 parks and 10.5 million hectares under management, we maintain the largest amount of area under conservation for any one NGO across Africa
  • We are one of the top three largest employers in the regions we work, in places like the Central African Republic, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • We have the largest counter-poaching force, with 1,000 rangers and growing. Our ranger force is often the only stabilising force not just for that park, but for entire regions, providing security for people and wildlife alike well beyond the perimeter of the park
  • We restored Majete Wildlife Reserve from a park devoid of wildlife with zero income and employees in 2003, to a park today that has ‘Big 5’ status. Majete employs 180 people, received 8,000 tourists in 2016 generating more than $400,000 in revenue that supports the park and community project. Due to effective law enforcement, not one rhino or elephant has been lost to poaching since 2003 and 2006 respectively. 
  • In 2016 African Parks began one of the largest and most significant elephant translocations in history, moving 261 elephants from Liwonde National Park to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in Malawi. In 2017 we moved an additional 259 elephants from Liwonde and Majete to Nkhotakota, securing the future for 90% of Malawi’s elephants.
  • In Chinko in the Central African Republic, a 19,000 km2 core protection zone has been secured and cleared of threats (mainly herders and livestock), creating a safe harbour for wildlife and increased stability for neighbouring communities
  • Elephants in Zakouma National Park in Chad surpassed 500 individuals in 2016 and 81 calves under the age of three were confirmed; this is the first time the herd has been on the increase in over a decade
  • As of 2017, Akagera National Park in Rwanda became the country’s first Big Five park, and poaching levels reached an all-time low since 2010. In 2015 lions were returned after a 20-year absence and the lion population has since doubled.  In 2017, 18 Eastern black rhinos were successfully translocated to Akagera from South Africa, bringing this endangered species back to Rwanda for the first time in over a decade. And, tourism has increased by 550% in just six years since African Parks assumed management of the park