It is with deep regret that we share that yesterday, in the afternoon of Tuesday February 8, a team of rangers was ambushed in W National Park in Benin, while carrying out a patrol at the northern limit of the Park where it intersects with Burkina Faso and Niger.

Initial reports indicate that tragically five rangers and one member of the Benin Armed Forces (FAB) have been killed, with 10 more injured.

Reinforcements from the FAB and additional rangers have currently been deployed on the ground. We continue to work closely with the Government of Benin and all local authorities to intensify safety for our staff and local communities.

We send our sincere condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and will keep you informed when we have more information.

African Parks