Save the Elephants
African Parks is creating safe havens for Elephants, increasing their range and bringing them back to parks and countries where they have been locally extinct for decades. Learn more about our work and what you can do to help.
Poaching, habitat loss, and human conflict have led to the devastating loss of elephants across Africa. In one place, Zakouma National Park, the population dropped from 4,300 elephants to 500 in just eight short years.
But we didn't give up hope. We overhauled the security, we involved the local community, and we fought back. In 2011, when we first took over management of the park, we counted only one calf under five. Just last year, we counted 127.
"Elephants, that's one of the cores of Africa, you can't imagine anywhere like this without elephants."
How We're Saving the Elephants
In 2015, African Parks established the 500 elephant project. This project relocated elephants from overpopulated parks, Liwonde National Park, and the Majete Wildlife Reserve, to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. The move helped to establish a thriving elephant population in Nkhotakota from 100 elephants to 520. “500 Elephants” is a story of hope, possibility, and survival.
Investing in local communities
African Parks employs locals, invests in education, and attracts tourism in the communities around our parks. We hire community police forces to help patrol the patrol the parks, teaching them how to make the area safer. Further, we have built schools and helped more than 1,200 children attend this past year. By helping to bring jobs, schools, and venue into the areas surrounding the parks, we have created partnership with local communities.
Where to see Elephants
Nkhotakota ParkAs one of Malawi's last remaining, truly unexploited areas of wilderness, the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve is home to the translocation of 500 elephants.
Zakouma National ParkZakouma has undergone a complete transformation in the past nine years. Poaching has been essentially eliminated, the elephant population is on the rise for the first time in decades, the park has become one of the most globally significant migratory bird habitats, and lions, leopards, and cheetahs are all on the rise
Majete Wildlife ReserveAs an incredible conservation success story, the Majete Wildlife Reserve had no wildlife 10 years ago. However, now it is a thriving park as exhibited in becoming Malawi's Big Five park with a growing animal and bird population.
Akagera National ParkIn just 20 short years, Akagera has gone from battling for its survival to a flourishing national park. As Rwanda's only Big Five park, Akagera is home to elephants, lions, rhinos, and many more.
Garamba National ParkAs one of Africa's oldest national parks and a World Heritage site, Garamba is home to one of the largest populations of elephants in the DRC. African Parks manages the site along with Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN). With the help of various UN organizations we have helped to decrease poaching by 50% in 2017.
Odzala-Kokoua National ParkAs a partnership with African Parks and the Congolese government, the Odzala- Kokoua National Park is home to a vast population of elephants. By hiring more law enforcement, poaching is decreasing in the park leading to more elephants moving into the area.
Pendjari National ParkPendjari is situated in Benin and is home to the largest remaining intact ecosystem in West Africa. Forging a partnership with the National Geographic Society, the Wyss Foundation, and the Benin Government, African Parks has helped to create a safe haven for for West Africa's largest population of elephants.
Liwonde National ParkLiwonde National park helped with the translocation of 336 elephants from Liwonde to Nkhotakota helping to reduce habitat degradation and human elephant conflict in Liwonde. African Parks is continuously monitoring and managing the growing elephant population.