Our Track Record

Given African Parks’ competency and expertise in protected area management, we are securely positioned to achieve 20 parks by 2020. Some key and relevant achievements include:

  • African Parks manages 15 parks covering 10.5 million hectares, representing seven of the continent’s 11 ecological biomes. This is the largest and most ecologically diverse area in Africa under conservation management for any one NGO in Africa.

  • We have established the largest counter-poaching force for a conservation organisation in Africa, with close to 1,000 rangers and growing. Our rangers are often the only stabilising force in some of the most remote and underserved areas in Africa.

  • The restoration of Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi, transforming it from a park once devoid of wildlife, income and staff to a park now with the ‘Big Five’ status, employing more than 400 people and generating over U$550,000 in tourist revenue in 2017. To date, Majete has not lost one rhino or elephant to poaching; and was one of the sources in the historical 500 elephant translocation, whereby 520 elephants and 2,000 game animals were translocated from Majete and Liwonde to Nkhotakota.  

  • In Chinko in the Central African Republic, a core protection zone of 10,500 km2has been completely cleared of threats (mainly armed herders and livestock), creating a safe harbour for wildlife and increased stability for communities. In 2017 a humanitarian crisis occurred when over 300 Internally Displaced People (IDPs), mainly women and children, fled to the park for protection and remained for over a year, having been voluntarily relocated back to their homes in 2018.

  • Successful law enforcement efforts in Zakouma National Park, Chad, have enabled the elephant population to increase for the first time in over a decade with 527 individuals confirmed in 2017. We have built ‘Elephant Schools’ for local communities, helping more than 1,500 children get an education, and have employed over 160 people making Zakouma one of the largest employers in the region. In 2018, African Parks reintroduced the first six of 20 black rhinoceroses after almost half a century of their absence. 

  • In just seven years since African Parks assumed management, Akagera National Park in Rwanda has become ecologically, socially and economically sustainable. In 2015, lions were reintroduced to the park after being poached out in the 1990’s, and the population has since tripled. In 2017, 18 Eastern black rhinoceroses were successfully reintroduced, granting the park its ‘Big 5’ status. As a result of flourishing wildlife populations, tourism in Akagera has increased by 550% since 2010 and in 2017 more than 37,000 tourists visited the park, half of whom were Rwandan nationals, generating a record of US$1.6 million in revenue that goes back to the park and local communities. 

  • In Garamba National Park, often referred to as ground zero in the elephant poaching wars, our 2016 revamped law enforcement strategy has resulted in a 50% reduction in elephant poaching in 2017 and key wildlife populations are on the rise. In 2017, 39 elephants were collared in one of the largest elephant collaring exercises in Africa.