Given African Parks’ competency and expertise in protected area management, we are well-positioned to secure 30 parks in our portfolio by 2030. Some key and relevant achievements include:
- Managing 19 parks in 11 countries, covering over 14.7-million hectares, representing 10 of the continent’s 13 ecological biomes. This is the largest and most ecologically diverse area in Africa under conservation management for any one NGO.
- Having a Law Enforcement Unit of 1,064 rangers, who are often the only stabilising force in some of the most remote and under-served areas in Africa. In 2020 alone, they confiscated 39.7 tonnes of illegal wildlife products including ivory and bushmeat, removed 36,508 snares and made 2,090 arrests across the parks.
- Creating safe spaces for threatened species, including more than 13,484 elephants, 1,505 giraffes, 7,585 western lowland gorillas, 2,052 chimpanzees, 545 lions and 51 cheetahs.
- Reintroducing over 8,000 animals representing at least 24 species, including bringing rhinos and lions back to Rwanda, and cheetahs and lions back to Malawi.
- In 2020 alone we built and supported 105 schools and provided 752 scholarships to children in need. We supported 99 hospitals and mobile health clinics, which provided 108,579 people with healthcare.
- Employing a total of 3,219 full-time staff in 2020, 98% of whom are local employees, paying US$25.9m in salaries and
- US$2.4m in taxes. During Covid-19 in 2020, we still welcomed 43,664 tourists and generated US$3.07m in tourism revenue, and US$455,000 from social enterprises, which goes back to the parks and local communities.
- In response to Covid-19, our teams reached 135,800 people through awareness campaigns. They distributed 65,000 masks, 5,000 litres of soap, 285 litres of bleach and 223 bottles of hand sanitiser to local communities, while building 630 handwashing stations.