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One of the world's most unusual looking birds, the aptly named shoebill, has found sanctuary in Zambia’s Bangweulu Wetlands. Bangweulu means “where water meets the sky” and at 6,000 km2 it has been designated as a Ramsar site and an ‘Important Bird Area’ by Birdlife International. This lush wetland contains an astounding diversity of over 440 avian species but it is the rare and prehistoric looking shoebill that is its most iconic resident. Home to over 350 of these large quirky storks, the wetland contains one of Africa’s most important populations. Sadly, this incredible species is severely threatened by habitat loss, human disturbance and the illegal bird trade, as demand for their eggs and chicks is placing considerable pressure on wild populations. But in Bangweulu, we’ve been working with dedicated local community members who are volunteering as “Shoebill Guards” to help protect and safeguard nests, ensuring that chicks can safely fledge. And their vigilance is paying off. Since 2012, when we first began the programme, these community guards have helped protect more than 30 fledglings. This success has led to the expansion of the programme from an initial nine guards hired in 2012 to over 12 today; and over the coming years, we aim to hire a team of 20 guards to cover the majority of the wetland. To learn more click the link in our bio. 📷 @mikedexterphotography #africanparks #zambia #bangweulu #communties #shoebill #birds #forceforgood

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We are proud to announce that seven extremely committed African Parks Rangers are finalists of the 2019 Paradise Ranger Awards. Leonidas Mpumuje and Anthony Nkuzi from @akagerapark in Rwanda, Dari Narakoua and Juste Sokoutinde from Pendjari National Park in Benin, Benito Willie from @majetewildlifereserve in Malawi, Daoba Dieudonne Komerewa from @garamba_national_park in the DRC, and Forment Kalaba Chisala from Bangweulu Wetlands in Zambia were six of fifty finalists recognized for their exceptional dedication to the protection of wildlife and wild areas. Established by the Alibaba Foundation, Paradise International Foundation and the Founder of Alibaba Jack Ma, the Ranger Awards pay tribute to the indispensable contributions made by Africa’s Rangers to the conservation of our collective natural heritage facing a myriad of threats. But, with the largest ranger team for any one NGO in Africa, with 1,000 Rangers in nine countries, there are countless other Rangers with similar stories who continue to stand steadfast in their posts, providing safety and security for the wildlife and people living in and around the 15 parks under our management. We thank them for the commitment and the sacrifices they make. Click the link in our bio to read the full press release. 📷 @mana_meadows #AfricanParks #Ranger #Alibaba #ParadiseFoundation #ForceForGood

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Watch as this family of elephants enjoys a satisfying mud bath in @akagerapark This park’s story is nothing short of remarkable, in eight years it has transformed from being inundated with 30,000 cattle and being plagued by poaching into a safe haven for wildlife. Species that had disappeared have now returned; lions were reintroduced to the park in 2015 and the population has since tripled! Rhinos were restored to Akagera in 2017 and with the addition of five individuals earlier this year the population continues to grow. Today, Akagera is Rwanda’s only Big 5 park, it attracts over 44,000 visitors a year, employment has increased and the park in now almost 80% self-financing thanks to tourism. This is a prime example of how a well-managed protected area can deliver benefits to people and wildlife alike. Click the link in our bio to learn more. Video: @heinmyers #africanparks #akagera #wildlife #conservation #goodnews #elephants #forceforgood

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Education is key to building a constituency for conservation. We believe in investing in the next generation, in empowering young men and women with the knowledge and tools to create a future where they are not only able to support their families but their communities as well. Last year we enabled over 79,000 children to receive an education and built and supported 278 schools. These actions combined with sustainable livelihood initiatives enable the development of conservation-led economies, where younger generations are emerging and are driving their communities towards a better future. In 2017, one of our first beneficiaries of the scholarship programme in @liuwaplainnationalpark in Zambia, Gladys Namushi, applied to become a ranger. She passed her basic training with flying colours and joined the law enforcement core. In 2018, she qualified as a field medic, and not only provides life giving first responder support to her patrol team but works in the local hospital, to improve her skills and support her community. Our goal is to inspire more young people, like Gladys, to pursue a career within or around the parks we manage, whether in conservation, Law Enforcement, tourism, human health, education or becoming an entrepreneur. It is ultimately people like Gladys who will ensure for the long term survival of these wild areas. #africanparks #liuwa #community #conservation #education #forceforgood

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Marvel at the abundance as tens of thousands of queleas take flight at dawn to drink at Riguiek pan. Creating beautiful murmurations in the sky, these birds are the first of Zakouma’s many inhabitants to welcome the new day. This miraculous spectacle is a testament to @zakouma_national_park ’s transformation and the recovery of its wildlife, including its birds, which was once at risk of being lost entirely. In the nine years of managing the park in partnership with the Chadian Government, much-needed security for people and wildlife has been restored to the landscape. Zakouma’s floodplains, rivers, marshes and pans are once again a valuable stop-over and breeding ground for birds of a plethora of species. But it is not just the park’s wildlife and avian inhabitants that have benefited, Zakouma has also become the largest employer in the region and tourism is flourishing, delivering much needed revenue back to the park and surrounding communities. To learn more click the link in our bio. Video: @irisbreeman #africanparks #zakouma #birds #wildlife #conservation

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To our men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect Africa’s wildlife and safeguard communities, today on World Ranger Day we at African Parks pay tribute to your commitment and honour your sacrifices. Photo: @lifethroughalensphotography #WorldRangerDay #AForceForGood #AfricanParks #africa #rangers #conservation #Malawi #Rwanda #Mozambique #Chad #Zambia #DRC #Congo #Benin #CAR ________________________________________________________”I used to ask myself, ‘will I have to take my child to another country to see a lion or elephant’ but now I know the answer is ‘no’ - that Pendjari is now being protected and that I too have a role in working here, to make sure this park survives, because it’s for my children, and for their children.” - André Tankouanou, Team Leader, Pendjari National Park, Benin

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Tomorrow we celebrate World Ranger Day! It is a day of global recognition that shines a spotlight on the world’s Rangers – the brave men and women who are a force for good across Africa. Rangers are often referred to as being the front line of conservation. They are the boots on the ground protecting much of the world’s wildlife from escalating pressures. At African Parks, we have over 1,000 rangers, the largest counter-poaching force for any one NGO on the continent. These incredible individuals dedicate their lives to safeguarding the parks under our management, helping us and our partners to build havens for the wildlife that live there for the benefit of generations to come. Last year alone, our rangers confiscated 59,322 illegal wildlife products, removed 16,863 snares and made 797 arrests. They protected over 10,000 elephants and countless other endangered species. But their efforts go far beyond protected areas and wildlife. They are sometimes the only security or stabilising force in the entire region – delivering safety for both wildlife and people. Tomorrow on World Ranger Day on July 31st, we stand with them and pay tribute to their commitment and sacrifices. Photo: @tom_parker_photographer #gratitude #thankyou #africanparks #WorldRangerDay #heroes

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Notre rapport annuel 2018 est désormais disponible en français ! Il y a plus de 18 ans, African Parks a décidé de créer un nouveau paradigme pour la conservation, mais nous savions que protéger la faune ne suffirait pas. Pour que les paysages sauvages puissent fonctionner et s’épanouir, nous devions veiller à ce qu’ils profitent aux êtres humains. Notre Rapport Annuel 2018 comporte certaines de nos réalisations clés depuis notre création, et nous sommes ravis de les partager avec vous ! Tout ceci n’aurait pas été possible sans nos partenariats avec les gouvernements au niveau national et nos bienfaiteurs, dont l’engagement et la vision partagée nous aident à ouvrir la voie pour une meilleure manière de vivre tant pour les humains que pour la faune. Cliquez sur lien de notre biographie et veuillez explorer notre Rapport Annuel intitulé : « Réaliser la valeur des aires protégées » 📸 Michael Viljoen. #AfricanParks #AnnualReport #Conservation #Communities #Wildlife #Forceforgood _____________________________________________________ Our 2018 Annual Report is now available in French! Click the link in our bio to read the full report and explore some of the impacts we were able to make last year with the help of our partners and supporters. 🐘🦒🦏🐆💜

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Cheetahs have returned to the vast wilderness that is Majete after decades of their absence! In partnership with the Malawian DNPW and in collaboration with @endangeredwildlifetrust , we have just successfully translocated a total of four cheetah from South Africa to @majetewildlifereserve in Malawi. Cheetahs were entirely absent from the country for over 20-years before we undertook their reintroduction to Liwonde in 2017. As a result of habitat loss and growing anthropogenic pressures, cheetahs have unfortunately been eradicated from 90% of their historic range in Africa. Today, there are fewer than 6,700 cheetahs in the wild. But through initiatives such as these, Malawi is providing sanctuary for wild cheetah and is bringing them home. This extraordinary initiative was made possible with support from the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality for the Big Cats Programme in Malawi and the generous key multi-year support from @wwfbelgium , @peoplespostcodelottery and The Wyss Foundation. The return of these big cats is part of a larger predator restoration initiative for Malawi, where cheetah and lion were also reintroduced to @liwonde_national_park in 2017 and 2018. It is projects like these show that with determination, political will and community and donor support – we can create a better future where nature’s return benefits both people and wildlife. If you would like to help us achieve conservation outcomes like these, please consider a donation by clicking the link in our bio. Video: @rhiannonelvenajones #africanparks #DNPW #EWT #cheetah #majete #restoration #forceforgood

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On Saturday the @elephantcrisisfund released its mid-year report. Amazingly 2019 has seen some big wins for elephants that range from significant arrests of high-level traffickers to strong enforcement by China of their ivory ban. Unfortunately, elephant populations across Africa remain under threat, particularly those in the forests of Central Africa. However, small pockets of hope do exist. @garamba_national_park , in the DRC, was once home to more than 22,000 elephants as recently as the 1970s, today fewer than 1,200 remain as a result of rampant poaching by militarised poachers. But in 2016 we redefined the future of Garamba’s elephants through the implementation of an extensive law enforcement strategy, dramatically decreasing poaching by an astounding 98%! With this increased security achieved in just three years, elephant numbers have stabilised and civility and hope are returning for people and wildlife in this small corner of the world again. To read the Elephant Crisis Fund’s mid-year report, click the link in our bio. Photo: Tom Parker #africanparks #elephantcrisisfund #garamba #elephants #communities #wildlife #forceforgood

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From the rich rainforests of the tropics to the savannahs of Africa, only about 15 percent of the planet’s land and less than eight percent of its oceans are currently protected. Thankfully, it is not too late to safeguard more of what remains to stem species’ extinctions, mitigate climate change and ensure the persistence of natural landscapes upon which millions of people depend. Last year, Mr. Hansjörg Wyss, philanthropist and African Parks’ Board Member, committed to donating $1B over the next decade to accelerate conservation efforts around the world to help protect 30% of the planet by 2030. As part of this momentous commitment, the Wyss Campaign for Nature has announced its second round of investments, providing an additional $44M in philanthropic support for locally-driven conservation projects that will help secure new, permanent protections for up to 10M acres of land across the Americas, Australia, and Africa. As one of several partners in @natgeo ’s Last Wild Places initiative, African Parks is working tirelessly with other groups to protect the planet’s remaining wild landscapes. Together we can safeguard nature for future generations. Click the link in our bio to read the Wyss Campaign for Nature’s announcement. Photo: @love_wild_africa #CampaignForNature #WyssCampaign #LastWildPlaces #wildlife #forceforgood

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Just four years ago, seven wild lions were reintroduced to @akagerapark in Rwanda after a 20-year absence. Today, we are pleased to share that the population has since tripled with the birth of 11 cubs in the first year alone. This is extremely hopeful news for the species, as lion populations are sadly in decline across Africa. A century ago there were more than 200,000 African lions, unfortunately today best estimates indicate that fewer than 20,000 lions remain across the continent, that they have lost over 80% of their historical range, and have been extirpated from 26 countries. But African Parks is taking action to protect this iconic big cat. Through reintroduction initiatives like Akagera in Rwanda, we have managed to increase the range of the species to a further two parks in Malawi ( @majetewildlifereserve and @liwonde_national_park ); we have bolstered the once dwindling population in @liuwaplainnationalpark in Zambia; and are protecting 25% of the remaining critically endangered West African lions in Pendjari in Benin. ⁠ Video: @heinmyers #africanparks #wildlife #conservation #goodnews #lions #protectthepride

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Did you know that dugongs inspired the old seafaring tales and myths of mermaids? Dugongs are unusual herbivorous marine mammals that are dependent on seagrass meadows in the warm, shallow waters of around 40 countries and territories in the Indo-West Pacific. Sadly, these elusive, gentle creatures may soon become a myth themselves as populations are plummeting across their range. Bazaruto Archipelago National Park in Mozambique is a stronghold for this incredible species, protecting the Western Indian Ocean’s last viable population. In 2017 African Parks assumed management of this globally important conservation area, in partnership with Mozambique’s National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC ). We immediately set to work improving law enforcement and awareness to ensure the survival of this key species, as well as working closely with the local communities to ensure that people and wildlife benefit from the park’s existence. To learn more about our work in Bazaruto, click the link in our bio. Video: @Odysseadive & @tourismvilankulo #AfricanParks #Wildlife #Mozambique #Bazaruto #Marine #Seascape #dugongs

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African Parks’ Naftali Honig and Evan Trotzuk were the recipients of a Special Achievement in GIS Award at the 2019 Esri International User Conference. Personally selected by Jack Dangermond, president and founder of @esrigram , as recipients of this prestigious award, @naftali_honig and Evan have set a new precedent throughout the GIS and conservation communities for their work in Garamba National Park’s Research and Development Unit. As a mosaic of forest and savannah, the biodiversity found in @garamba_national_park is remarkable but the park has a complex human landscape. For this reason Naftali and Evan have customised the ArcGIS platform to work in a remote and challenging environment with limited connectivity. The platform enables the monitoring and development of park management work flows, allowing the monitoring of Rangers and collared elephants movements in near real time. This system, combined with a new management strategy implemented in 2016, has decreased elephant poaching by 98% and Garamba is now able to better serve the surrounding communities through healthcare, education, jobs creating a secure landscape where people and wildlife can thrive. Video: @naftali_honig #Esri #EsriUC #africanparks #conservation #communties #wildlife #forceforgood

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African Parks is honoured and grateful to be one of the charities highlighted yesterday by @sussexroyal and @kensingtonroyal at the 2019 King Power Royal Charity Polo Day. The event raised awareness and vital funds for fifteen of the charities supported by Their Royal Highnesses including African Parks, The Invictus Games Foundation and The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. _____________________________________________________ Repost from @sussexroyal - Their Royal Highnesses The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex today took part in the King Power Royal Charity Polo Day for the Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Memorial Polo Trophy. The charity match raised vital funds and awareness for charities supported by Their Royal Highnesses. These organisations included African Parks, The Invictus Games Foundation and The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. Other charities highlighted in the event: The English Schools Swimming Association, Fields in Trust, Henry van Straubenzee Memorial Fund, The Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund, Irish Guards Appeal, Map Action, Mountain Rescue England and Wales, Rhino Conservation Botswana, The Royal Marsden, RFU Injured Players Foundation, The Passage and the Welsh Rugby Charitable Trust. Photo credit: PA Images

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Liuwa Plain in Zambia is one of Africa’s most remote and least known safari destinations, a true wilderness of endless blonde grasslands that unfold in every direction. Recently highlighted in The Independent as an ideal destination for the adventure seeking traveller, Liuwa offers everything that other world-renowned safari destinations do but without the crowds. Every year this spectacular park hosts the second largest wildebeest migration on the continent and is home a healthy and growing population of lions. Liuwa Plain has one of the oldest conservation histories in Africa, where in the 19th century the King of Barotseland, Lubosi Lewanika, appointed his people as custodians of the park, which to this day has maintained a peaceful co-existence between people and wildlife. Through a successful partnership with the DNPW and the Barotse Royal Establishment, and more recently with Time+Tide, we have worked with people and transformed this park into a globally important wilderness destination, offering a range of accommodation options from a rustic bush experience is the high-end King Lewanika Lodge. Click the link in our bio to read the full article from The Independent. Photo: @a.mac.photo. #africanparks #liuwaplain #zambia #conservation #communities #tourism #forceforgood

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We are so proud to have had the opportunity to present at the @esrigram International User Conference yesterday among leaders Jack Dangermond and Jane Goodall. African Parks’ Geoff Clinning, @naftali_honig and Evan Trotzuk shared our story on the management and restoration of critically important protected areas in Africa. With a particular focus on Garamba National Park, which we manage in partnership with the Government of the DRC, they highlighted how the use of innovative technology like GIS software has helped to transform park management and security for the benefit of people and wildlife. “We think of conservation intelligence as the fusion of our understanding of the human and ecological landscapes. It is our decision cycle, how we collect, process, analyze and disseminate insight and how that ultimately affects park management.” Said Naftali Honig, Director of Research and Development for Garamba. Ultimately, when combined with community development in the form of health care, education and jobs, this technology enables us to stabilize landscapes that will persist long into the future, creating a nucleus of conservation-led economies and the source of wildlife havens. To watch African Parks’ full presentation, click the link in our bio. #ESRI #ESRIUC #africanparks #techforelephants

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The @esrigram International User Conference starts today! With over 19,000 people in attendance, it is the world’s largest event dedicated to geographic information system technology. The conference kicks off with the Plenary session today, and keynote speakers include the legendary Jack Dangermond and conservation icon Jane Goodall. We are incredibly proud to have the opportunity to share our story at such an event! Join us between 2:00 to 4:00 pm today (GMT-7 ) as our very own Geoff Clinning, @naftali_honig and Evan Trotzuk present on ‘Managing and Restoring Protected Areas in Africa’. To watch their talk live, click the link in our bio. Photo: @naudewashere #ESRI #ESRIUC #africanparks #techforelephants

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We are proud to announce that African Parks has partnered with @massimoalba on a unique and truly beautiful project inspired by Africa’s iconic wildlife that will benefit our critical work on the ground. Our partnership has led to the creation of handkerchiefs and shawls featuring a lion, bird, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard. With every purchase of an “Africa” Massimo Alba handkerchief or shawl, you are helping support our efforts to protect a future that benefits wildlife and people alike. With 15 parks in nine countries under management, African Parks is conserving more than 10.5 million hectares of wild landscapes and protecting some of the world’s most important species and we need your support. If you would like to purchase one of these exquisite limited edition products please click the link in our bio. #africanparks #massimoalba #wildlife #conservation #whatisahandkerchieffor @clementinasketchbook

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We are delighted that @sussexroyal , the official Instagram account of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex has chosen to feature African Parks as one of the organisations working towards positive change for the environment in July. • “Environmental damage has been treated as a necessary by-product of economic growth. So deeply ingrained is this thinking that it has been considered part of the natural order that humankind’s development comes at the expense of our planet. Only now are we starting to notice and understand the damage that we have been causing. With nearly 7.7 billion people inhabiting this Earth, every choice, every footprint, every action makes a difference.” Said The Duke of Sussex. • Our planet is at a critical juncture facing habitat loss, the destruction of natural resources, the disappearance of iconic wildlife and climate change. African Parks in partnership with Governments is working tirelessly to protect and preserve Africa’s last wild places and the unique species that occur within them. Our goal is to manage 20 parks by 2020, creating the largest and the most ecologically diverse portfolio of parks under management by any one NGO on the continent. #PostiveChange #DukeofSussex #PrinceHarry #DuchessofSussex #MeghanMarkle #africanparks #conservation #communities #forceforgood

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Did you know that Odzala-Kokoua is one of Africa’s oldest protected areas? Designated in 1935, the park is located at the heart of the second largest rainforest in the world, the Congo Basin. Humans have occupied this area for over 50,000 years, yet it is still one of the most biologically diverse and species rich areas on the planet. But this spectacular wilderness is not without its challenges. Odzala has around 130,000 people living on the periphery of the park, who survive off the natural resources the area provides. Due to limited opportunities throughout the region, bushmeat poaching remains a major threat to Odzala and its wildlife, especially the park’s Western lowland gorillas which amount to 10% of the remaining global population. Odzala’s future relies on the urgent need to unlock the park’s value for the surrounding communities who are the primary stakeholders in its management, and whose actions will determine if this park persists long into the future. This is why our focus is to roll out several community projects from compensating communities for human-wildlife conflict, to investing in sustainable livelihood programmes with farming projects and capacity building activities. Odzala’s future rests on our interventions, and ensuring that the communities’ value, and therefore truly benefit from the park’s existence. To learn more about the impact we are making in Odzala and 14 other parks, click the link in our bio to download our Annual Report. Photo: @love_wild_africa #africanparks #odzala #congo #communities #conservation #forceforgood #AnnualReport2018

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The story of the largest transport of rhinos from Europe to Africa has just been featured in @cntraveler Manny, an eight-year-old male rhino, and his four traveling companions are recovering well after their 30-hour translocation from the Czech Republic to Rwanda’s ravishing broad-plain savannah that is @akagerapark Their 3,700-mile-long journey was a herculean operation that began in November 2018 with the transfer of all rhinos to @safariparkdvurkralove where they started to acclimatize to the prospect of a life in the wild. Now, having arrived in Akagera with their support team of vets and zoo keepers the rhinos are beginning their rewilding process, moving from their small bomas to increasingly larger enclosures, until they are released into the sanctuary of the park’s Magashi peninsula. Ultimately, Manny, Olmoti, Mandela, Jasmina, Jasiri will join a founder group of 18 black rhinos in Akagera, bought from South Africa in 2017 with the support of the Howard G. Buffet Foundation. To read the full article, click the link in our bio. Photo: @sophy_roberts #RhinostoRwanda #RhinoMove @visitrwanda_now @chesterzoo @flamingolandresort @reeparksafari #AfricanParks #Akagera #RemarkableRwanda #EAZA #goodnews

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Meet Mandela, a 4-year-old Eastern black rhino 🦏 He is one of five black rhinos that recently made the historic 6,000 km journey from the Czech Republic to @akagerapark in Rwanda. Mandela originally comes from @reeparksafari in Denmark and was the first member of his species born in Scandinavia. In November last year, Mandela was moved to @safariparkdvurkralove in the Czech Republic to join his four new traveling companions Jasiri, Jasmina, Manny and Olmoti, in preparation for their epic journey from Europe to Rwanda. On Monday, June 24th, they all arrived safely in Akagera and are adjusting well to their new African home under the watchful eye of their dedicated team. This momentous translocation is the culmination of a unique collaboration among the European Association of Zoos & Aquaria (EAZA ), the Government of Rwanda (RDB ) and African Parks and is part or a broader rewilding project in Akagera. There are fewer than 5,000 wild black rhinos left in Africa and only 1,000 of which are the genetically unique Eastern black rhino subspecies. This translocation project represents a valuable opportunity to expand the range and protection of black rhino and demonstrate how captive rhinos can help supplement wild populations within secure landscapes. Mandela and his four companions will eventually join a founder population of 18 Eastern black rhinos that were reintroduced to Akagera in 2017, creating the most genetically robust population of this subspecies in Africa and ensuring the preservation of this special species. To follow Mandela, Jasiri, Jasmina, Manny and Olmoti on their journey, click the link in our bio. Video: @love_wild_africa #RhinostoRwanda #RhinoMove @visitrwanda_now @chesterzoo @flamingolandresort #AfricanParks #Akagera #RemarkableRwanda #EAZA #goodnews

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The five black rhinos from Europe are adjusting well to their new home in the safety of their bomas in @akagerapark They are being cared for by a dedicated team of vets and park staff throughout the day and night to ensure their well being after their historic 6,000 km journey from the Czech Republic. Reported on in the @washingtonpost , these five rhinos will eventually be released into the wider park to increase the genetic diversity of the existing rhino population. “The newly translocated rhinos will bolster the founder group that we introduced in 2017, contributing to the reestablishment of a robust eastern black rhino population in Rwanda,” said Jes Gruner, Park Manager of Akagera. This unique achievement represents the culmination of a unique collaboration among the European Association of Zoos & Aquaria (EAZA ), the Government of Rwanda (RDB ) and African Parks to improve the survival prospects of a critically endangered rhino subspecies in the wild. The arrival of the rhinos also marks an important step in Akagera’s ongoing revitalization, and one that underscores the country’s commitment to conservation. To read the full article, click the link in our bio. #RhinostoRwanda #RhinoMove @visitrwanda_now @safariparkdvurkralove @chesterzoo @reeparksafari @flamingolandresort #AfricanParks #Akagera #RemarkableRwanda #EAZA #goodnews

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Liuwa Plain has one of the oldest and richest conservation histories in all of Africa. African Parks has been managing @liuwaplainnationalpark in partnership with the DNPW and the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE ) since 2003, but the park has been under the custodianship of the BRE for over 100 years. The park hosts the second largest wildebeest migration in all of Africa; is home to a growing predator population of lions, cheetahs and hyenas, and has had an economic revival, especially with the official opening of @timeandtideafrica King Lewanika Lodge which helps to support the 15,000 people living legally within its boundaries. In recent months the park has been featured as a top travel destination in leading international publications, including The New York Times “52 Places to go in 2018”, Conde Nast Traveler, The Financial Times, Travel + Leisure, and King Lewanika Lodge made TIME Magazine’s World’s Greatest Places in 2018. To read more about the official opening of King Lewanika, which was presided over by His Majesty the Litunga Lubosi Imwiko II of the BRE commemorating over a century of conservation in one of Africa’s most extraordinary parks, please click the link in our bio.

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It’s World Giraffe Day today – and sadly this animal needs all the attention it can get! Did you know that fewer than 100,000 giraffe exist today across all of Africa? Giraffe numbers have been plummeting, albeit quite silently, over the past few decades. The IUCN has even recently declared three of the six subspecies of giraffe as being Critically Endangered and Threatened. This iconic African species is experiencing declines because of the extensive use of wire snares for bushmeat, hunting for their meat and skins, and in some cases even being killed just for their tails to be sold as dowries. But we’ve got some good news to share at African Parks. Giraffes in @garamba_national_park in the DRC are on the rise. In 2012, just 22 Kordofan giraffe remained in the entire country (all of which were found in Garamba ) – today, due to improved law enforcement this population has grown to over 55. @zakouma_national_park in Chad is home to 50% of the entire population of Kordofan giraffe, where 1,000 of these magnificent animals live safely within the park. And just last year, together with the Malawian Government and @giraffe_conservation we translocated 13 giraffe from South Africa to @majetewildlifereserve in Malawi to continue to rewild the park, expand the giraffe’s range, and help boost tourism to support local communities. Good things are happening here at African Parks for giraffe - but we need your help. Please visit our website at africanparks.org to sign up for more good news and how you can help, or donate, where 100% of your donation goes to the parks to support efforts like these. #WorldGiraffeDay #GoodNews #AfricanParks #Giraffe

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Exciting news! Five Eastern black rhinos are going to making their way from @safariparkdvurkralove in the Czech Republic on Sunday, June 23rd, to their new and wild home of @akagerapark in Rwanda! This historic 6,000 km journey is the culmination of a unique collaboration among the European Association of Zoos & Aquaria (EAZA ), the Government of Rwanda (RDB ) and African Parks and is part of a broader re-wilding effort for Akagera. These five genetically robust rhinos have been sensitised over the months and years for this journey and transition into Akagera, and the park was chosen by EAZA as an ideal release site given our track record there. Since 2010 with the RDB, we have been able to transform this landscape. Poaching has largely been eliminated allowing wildlife populations to surge and for us to carry out successful species reintroductions including bringing 18 Eastern black rhinos back to Akagera in 2017. Today the park welcomes more than 44,000 tourists a year, 50% of whom are Rwandan nationals, who are contributing more than $2M in tourism revenue which goes back to the park and communities. Akagera’s transformation is a testament to the support and vision of the Rwandan Government as well as to our major funders including the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the @waltonfamilyfdn and the Wyss Foundation. Fewer than 5,000 wild black rhinos and only 1,000 Eastern black rhinos remain across Africa, and their future is severely threatened by poaching for the illegal trade of their horns. This translocation project represents an urgent and valuable opportunity to expand the range and protection of the black rhino and demonstrate how captive rhinos can help supplement and repopulate wild populations within secure landscapes. To follow their journey, please click the link in our bio. #RhinostoRwanda #RhinoMove @visitrwanda_now @chesterzoo @reeparksafari @flamingolandresort #AfricanParks #Akagera #RemarkableRwanda #EAZA #goodnews 

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June 2019

National Geographic is currently hosting its Explorers Festival, which aims to bring together some of the greatest minds from around the world to share their discoveries, insights, and solutions for creating a more sustainable future. Today is the second day of Symposium and it kicked off with @insidenatgeo presenting Hansjörg Wyss with the inaugural Philanthropist of the Year Award for the incredible Wyss Campaign for Nature’s $1 billion investment to help protect 30 percent of the planet by 2030. African Parks is honored to be in partnership with the Wyss Foundation and National Geographic as well as the Government of Benin who together are committing initially more than $23M to restore, protect and revitalise Pendjari National Park in West Africa. Later in the day, African Parks’ CMO @aheydlauff will present her talk, What’s Working: Rewilding, at 02:45 pm and Garamba National Park’s Research and Development Director @naftali_honig will present his talk, Data-Driven Conservation, at 3:35 pm in Washington (GMT-7 ). Click the link in our bio to catch Andrea’s and Naftali’s talks live! Photo: Michael Lorenz. #africanparks #natgeofest #CampaignForNature #WyssCampaign #Benin #Pendjari #forceforgood

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June 2019

“I come from a tribe where we’ve been called “pygmys”, people think of us just as poor and aloof. But several years ago, people from Akagera came and spoke to us, and asked if we’d like to learn tailoring skills. That changed everything. For the first time in my life, I’m earning money, and can even pay for health insurance. I am not a pygmy anymore; I am neither poor and underestimated, nor am I aloof. I dream of all the designs and products I want to make now to sell at the Akagera shop, and deliver them to other markets, country-wide…why not? It all seems possible now.” Mukamana Joselyne, Akagera National Park, Rwanda ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Akagera National Park’s story is nothing short of remarkable. In just nine years, @akagerapark has transformed from once housing over 30,000 cattle and rampant poaching, to now being a safe-haven for wildlife. In 2010, African Parks signed a long-term agreement with the Rwanda Development Board to help restore this spectacular landscape into a leading wildlife destination in Africa. In 2018 alone, we saw over 44,000 visitors visit Akagera (almost 50% of whom were Rwandan nationals ), 18 freelance community guides were recruited and trained and as many as 1,680 school children and 300 local leaders were supported in visiting the park. Akagera is a prime example of how a well-managed protected area can deliver benefits that change people’s lives, providing opportunities that would otherwise not be available, and creating a conservation-led economy. To learn more about the impact we’re making in Akagera and 15 other parks, please click the link in our bio where you can download our newly released 2018 Annual Report. Photo: @love_wild_africa #africanparks #akagera #communties #conservation #forceforgood #AnnualReport2018

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June 2019

@zakouma_national_park has experienced one of the most spectacular transformations to occur in all of Africa. From 2002 over an eight year period, as many as 4,000 of Zakouma’s elephants were killed for their ivory, which was 95% of the population. By 2010 only 450 of these gentle giants remained. However in the nine years we have managed this park in partnership with the Chadian Government, much needed security has been delivered to the people and wildlife who live here. With this new level of safety, Zakouma’s elephants began to settle down and breed. In 2018, for the first time in decades their population began to rise. Last year, we counted 559 individuals, including 127 calves under the age of five years old – in 2011 we only counted one. Employment has risen, tourism is flourishing, over 6,600 children have received an education, and a conservation-led economy is emerging in this once lawless landscape. To learn more about the impacts you helped us make in 2018, please download our Annual Report: Unlocking the Value of Protected Areas (link in our bio ). Design: @dayfeels @stephenjroth #africanparks #zakouma #elephants #AnnualReport2018

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June 2019

“I used to ask myself, ‘will I have to take my child to another country to see a lion or elephant ‘ but now I know the answer is ‘no’ – that Pendjari is now being protected and that I too have a role in working here, to make sure this park survives, because its for my children, and for their children.” André Tankouanou, Team Leader, Pendjari National Park, Benin. ⠀ ⠀ Pendjari National Park is the last remaining wild ecosystem in West Africa, and little over a year ago this globally significant yet neglected landscape was thrown a tremendous lifeline. African Parks together with the Benin Government, the Wyss Foundation, @natgeo and the Wildcat Foundation announced a $24M commitment over 10-years to protect and revitalize Pendjari through sustainable development for the good of the people. As an anchoring part of the transnational W-Arly-Pendjari (WAP ) complex which spans Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger, this extraordinary park is the regions last refuge for its 1,700 elephants and 25% of the remaining 400 critically endangered West African lion. The revival of this exceptional wildlife destination will unlock its potential to support both people and wildlife, allowing people to become direct beneficiaries of what the park can deliver. To learn more about the impact we’re making in Pendjari and 14 other parks, please click the link in our bio where you can download our newly released 2018 Annual Report. 📷 @lifethroughalensphotography#africanparks #pendjari #conservation #communities #sustainabledevelopment #forceforgood #AnnualReport2018 ⠀ ⠀

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June 2019

Over 18 years ago, when we set out to create a new paradigm for conservation with the formation of African Parks, we knew that protecting wildlife was not enough. For wild landscapes to function and thrive, we needed to ensure that people benefited from their existence. We’re excited to share that our 2018 Annual Report is now available for you to see some of the impacts that we have been able to make. Last year our teams delivered healthcare to almost 83,000 people, created almost 5,000 jobs, oversaw the growth of wildlife populations, key species reintroductions and brought safety and security to over 10.5 million hectares of land across Africa. None of this would have been possible without our partnerships with national governments and all of our supporters, whose commitment and shared vision are helping us to change the trajectory and pave a better way of life for humans and wildlife alike. Start exploring the 2018 Annual Report “Unlocking the Value of Protected Areas” by clicking the link in our bio. Photo: Arent Fock #AfricanParks #AnnualReport #Conservation #Communities #Wildlife #Forceforgood

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May 2019

@garamba_national_park has six new recruits! Welcome to Pax, Hina, Qalla, Perla, Rocky and Dano our brand new @invictusk9 team who will assist our rangers in enhancing Garamba’s overall law enforcement strategy. These six canines were chosen for their excellent detection and tracking ability and will be used to supplement the park’s current law enforcement efforts by locating illegal wildlife products and apprehending criminal offenders through detection and tracking. Generously funded by the @europeancommission and @explorersagainstextinction , these energetic canines have acclimatized well to their new environment and have already developed strong bonds with their highly dedicated handlers. They will continue to undergo daily training for the next month (with some well-deserved rest days in between! ) in order to fully prepare them for all the challenges they will face when they are fully integrated into the law enforcement team and join the front line against the illegal wildlife trade. Thanks to the efforts of our Rangers and since implementing a new law enforcement strategy in 2016, elephant poaching has dropped by 98% in the park, and key wildlife populations including giraffe and hartebeest have either stabilised or are increasing. The Illegal Wildlife Trade is a urgent global issue, which not only threatens some of the world’s most iconic species, but also those who have dedicated their lives to protect them. Help support Pax, Hina, Qalla, Perla, Rocky and Dano in their quest to protect Garamba and other projects like these by clicking on the link in our bio. 🐶🐕💜📷 @mia_collis #africanparks #garamba #canineprotectors #conservation #forceforgood @weratedogs @dogsofinstagram

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Zakouma’s transformation, from being a killing field for elephants and people, to now a safe haven for all who live here, would not have been possible without our biggest allies, the local communities. Along with providing a stabilising force in the region through effective law enforcement, African Parks has been providing education, teacher salaries, employment and tourism over the years. Since 2013, we have built and funded 24 schools, delivering education to 6,646 children, and in 2018 alone we provided $64K in teacher salaries. All of this has been in an area where prior to 2010, no options for education existed. We installed VHF radios in villages so, if need be, community members could contact our park control room at any time for any help at all! And because of the much needed manpower to help manage the park, local employment grew, making @zakouma_national_park the largest employer in the region. With law enforced and security reclaimed, tourism could then be realised. The tourist camps started to be heavily frequented, delivering needed funds back into the park to protect its wildlife and the surrounding communities. More than 25,000 tourists have visited Zakouma since 2010, 50% of whom are Chadian nationals, and together they have generated $1.7M in tourism revenue which goes back to the park and the communities who live here. And that’s not all. Within this safe haven, elephants have begun to rise. In early 2018, we counted 127 calves under the age of five years old. In 2011, we counted one. The elephant population has now surpassed 560 individuals and are on the rise for the first time in a decade. @europeancommission @europeaid ⠀ 📷 @stevewinterphoto #africanparks #zakouma #chad #europeanunion #forceforgood #bemoved ⠀ ⠀

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