Our 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. 

Strategic Partners

These funders constitute our core funding partners at either an institutional or a park level. They commit to African Parks on a multi-year basis and are contributing an annual amount of US$500,000 or more to African Parks.

  • Acacia Partners
    Acacia Partners
    Acacia Conservation Fund (ACF) is the philanthropic operation of Acacia Partners. The Fund is interested in conservation investments that address the declining biological diversity of life on earth. ACF supports result-oriented, entrepreneurial organisations that maximise the impact of its philanthropic dollars and that are focused on proving and then expanding their impacts over time. ACF has provided unrestricted support to African Parks since 2015.
  • 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 characterised by integrity, a balance between people and nature, and social harmony. Adessium has been a funder of African Parks since 2008, funding both the portfolio and institutional development.
  • 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 marginalised populations. The Foundation views its resources as rare risk capital that can improve conditions and create change in the most difficult circumstances and geographies. The Foundation has provided critical support towards tourism and critically endangered species and habitats in Akagera National Park in Rwanda, including funding the reintroduction of rhinos, a helicopter as well as general support.
  • European Union
    European Union
    The EU has been a strategic funding partner in Central Africa, providing anchor funding for Garamba, Zakouma and Odzala-Kokoua. Under the 11th European Development Fund, the EU has committed €20 million towards the Greater Garamba area for the period 2016-2020 and €10 million towards the Greater Zakouma area from 2017-2021. The Bêkou Trust Fund for CAR has also made a €1.5 million commitment to Chinko.
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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 2003. 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 2017 the Fund contributed over US$1 million towards African Parks’ organisational needs.
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    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 take the responsibility to preserve, manage and develop the unique West African Heritage of Pendjari National Park in the W-Arly-Pendjari (WAP) Complex that spans Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger.
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    The National Geographic Society
    The National Geographic Society is a non-profit organisation that pushes the boundaries of exploration to further our understanding of our planet and empower us all to generate solutions for a more sustainable future. The Society is supporting Pendjari National Park in Benin with a five-year multimillion dollar grant in addition to trading science-based exploration of the park; developing technology to monitor and protect the site; helping to convene stakeholders to develop a largescale management plan; and helping to make the case for long-term financing and protection.
  • Donna and Marvin Schwartz
    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. In 2017, their funding provided critical anti-poaching support for African Parks’ parks throughout Central Africa.
  • Fondation Segré
    Fondation Segré
    Fondation Segré is a Swiss foundation established in 1996 that is committed to help protect the biodiversity of our planet through the 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 the Chinko Project, Zakouma National Park, Bangweulu Wetlands, Bazaruto Archipelago National Park and Odzala-Kokoua. To date, they have provided over US$3 million.
  • Walton Family Foundation
    Walton Family Foundation
    The Rob and Melani Walton Fund of the Walton Family Foundation has a philanthropic focus on conservation and biodiversity protection. The foundation has supported African Parks since 2010, providing critical start-up funding for Akagera, and helped enable our work more generally. The Walton Family Foundation’s most recent commitment of US$5 million grant over five years strategically supports the African Parks portfolio with a particular emphasis on Akagera.
  • 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 believes traditional wildlife protection paradigms are inadequate to deal with today’s poaching and trafficking problems, and it seeks and supports innovative new approaches. The Wildcat Foundation has provided critical support to African Parks for law enforcement and anti-poaching efforts in Garamba, Pendjari, Liwonde and Nkhotakota.
  • WWF - The Netherlands
    WWF
    WWF-The Netherlands has been supporting African Parks since 2007, with the goal to develop the African Parks management model across Africa. Over €6.5 million of funding has gone to core operating costs and conservation projects at Liuwa Plain National Park, Bangweulu Wetlands and Odzala-Kokoua. A group of five families called the “Odzala Circle” contributes the Odzala portion of this funding. Our partnership with WWF in the U.S. currently focuses on Odzala-Kokoua as well. WWF-Belgium became a strategic funding partner of African Parks supporting our 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 Foundation supports Akagera, Liwonde, Majete and Nkhotakota, and as part of a ground-breaking commitment of US$65 million in the form of challenge grants for five new parks, supports Pendjari National Park in Benin and Bazaruto Archipelago National Park in Mozambique.
  • Dutch Postcode Lottery
    Dutch Postcode Lottery
    The Dutch Postcode Lottery has been raising funds since 1989 to support a fairer and greener world. Today it is the biggest charity lottery in the Netherlands, with 50 percent of the 900,000 turnover going to over 100 non-governmental organisations. Since the start of the Lottery over €5.4 billion has been distributed to these beneficiaries. African Parks has been a beneficiary of the Dutch Postcode Lottery since 2010 and receives €900,000 in unrestricted funding per year. The Lottery also committed €890,000 for Rapid Response Units (2013-2017) and €2.6 million towards the Restoration of Liwonde National Park and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in Malawi (2016-2017). The Lottery is also supporting the first three year of African Parks’ management of Ennedi through a €2.9 million ‘Extra Project’ (2018-2020).
  • People's Postcode Lottery
    People’s Postcode Lottery
    People's Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery, raising money for good causes across Great Britain and globally. A minimum of 32 percent of funds raised goes directly to charities. £340 million has been awarded to date to thousands of good causes. African Parks has been a recipient of funding from Postcode Planet Trust since 2015. In 2017 African Parks received £250,000 as a regular award and £550,000 as an extra award.
  • USAID
    U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
    The United State Agency for International Development (USAID) operates the Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment with the aim of conserving the ecological integrity of the Congo Basin Forest for the benefit of the local people and the global community, while protecting the resource base for future generations. USAID awarded African Parks a US$10 million cooperative agreement for the core park management of Garamba and Chinko (2016-2020) and an additional $10 million to support community engagement and alternative livelihoods, in collaboration with African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and Levin Sources. African Parks also participates in the Community Resiliency in Central Africa (CRCA) which supports the vulnerable communities surrounding the parks, as a sub-awardee to Invisible Children.
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) operates to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats. USFWS have provided grants to support our anti-poaching programmes in Chinko, Garamba, Odzala-Kokoua, and Zakouma. In 2017 USFWS, alongside USAID, continued to support the management and protection of Garamba and Chinko protected areas in Central Africa, as well as our work with WWF in the Sangha Tri-National and Northern Congo Forest Landscape and provided additional support for elephant surveillance in Zakouma.
  • The U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
    The U.S. Forest Service (USFS)
    Through their International Program, the U.S. Forest Service brings technical expertise in natural resource management in international development contexts and financial support to partners in the shared interest in stewardship of the land and the opportunities it brings for local communities. They work in over 90 countries and have been working with African Parks in Nkhotakota.

Government Partners

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.

  • Malawi Department of National Parks and Wildlife
    Malawi Department of National Parks and Wildlife
    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. We began our work with the DNPW in Majete Wildlife Reserve in 2003 and in Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve and Liwonde National Park in 2015.
  • 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.
  • 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 Barosteland region, and as such, is an essential partner in the Liuwa Plain project. His Majesty Lubosi Imwiko 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.
  • 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, to collect and analyse data from the field and to facilitate tourism possibilities where possible. We began our work with the ICCN in Garamba National Park in 2005.
  • 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.
  • Ministry of Forest Economy and Sustainable Development of the Republic of the Congo
    Ministry of Forest Economy
    The Ministry of Forest Economy 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 this Ministry in Odzala-Kokoua National Park in 2010.
  • The Republic of Chad
    The Republic of Chad
    The Republic of Chad is African Parks’ partner in the management of Zakouma National Park. The Chadian Government, on the advice of the European Union, approached African Parks in 2010 to take on the management responsibility of Zakouma in order 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 of the same year.
  • Central African Republic Ministry of the Environment for Sustainable Development of Water, Forests, Hunting and Fishing
    Central African Republic Ministry of the Environment for Sustainable Development of Water, Forests, Hunting and Fishing
    The Ministry of the Environment for Sustainable Development of Water, Forests, 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 of the Environment for Sustainable Development of Water, Forests, Hunting and Fishing in Chinko in 2014.
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    The Republic of Benin
    The Presidency of the Republic of Benin entered into a long-term partnership with African Parks in May 2017 to revitalise, rehabilitate and develop Pendjari National Park, one of the largest remaining protected reserves in West and Central Africa. The revitalisation of Pendjari National Park is one of the 45 flagship projects of the "Revealing Benin" national investment programme, announced by the Presidency of the Republic of Benin in December 2016.