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AfricanParksNetwork  African Parks is a conservation NGO that manages National Parks & Protected Areas on behalf of governments across Africa to benefit wildlife & people

Happy Friday from these (slightly unimpressed) felines. While @zakouma_national_park is known for its growing elephant herd, did you know that there are approximately 120 lions living there too? Large prides can often be found lounging in the shade avoiding the mid-day heat; feasting on fresh kills on the floodplains; or heard calling at night from the tourism lodges in the park. Lions are under threat across their range, with fewer than 20,000 remaining in Africa – but Zakouma and other parks under our management in Benin, Zambia, Malawi, Rwanda, DRC and even CAR, are slowly becoming refuges for Africa’s iconic but severely threatened cat. We’re pleased to be working with the @lionrecovery who have provided several grants to us, including in Zakouma, where we hope to answer critical questions and provide a bright future for Africa’s lions. To learn more, click the link in our bio. 📷 @lifethroughalensphotography #africanparks #zakouma #lions #predators #threatened #bigcats #wildlife #conservation #chad #forceforgood

Community engagement is central to the long-term sustainability of @garamba_national_park in the DRC, with a focus on healthcare, education and alternative livelihoods for the communities who live alongside the park. Last year, over 2,500 people benefitted from healthcare services provided by Garamba, which included the Nagero Hospital and three mobile clinics operating in the park’s periphery. Three schools were also supported during the year, and 700 students benefited from scholarships, ensuring that children from the community have access to an education in an area where there previously was none. In a region with little to no economic opportunity, Garamba provides local employment to almost 500 full-time staff and 2,000 staff on short-term contracts. By helping to restore peace to a region plagued by conflict, we are now able to provide critical socio-economic benefits to local communities who are our key partners in conserving the area's biodiversity long into the future, and whose lives are impacted by having a safe and thriving Garamba National Park. 📷 @lifethroughalensphotography / Marcus Westberg #africanparks #community #garamba #drc #conservation #goodnews #EuropeanUnion #WildcatFoundation @usaid @usfws @worldbank

Today is the International Day to celebrate and shine a spotlight on Biological Diversity. Functioning wild ecosystems provide countless benefits for millions of people including clean air, water, and food security. But the last of the wild is seriously under threat around the globe, and must be protected in order to continue to provide for and support humanity. African Parks currently has 15 protected areas under our management in nine countries, spanning more than 10.5 million hectares and representing seven of the eleven ecological biomes in Africa. This is the largest and most ecologically diverse amount of land under protection for any one NGO on the continent. With safety and security re-established in these areas, wildlife numbers can rise, key species can be restored, and people can benefit from these secure and functioning landscapes. We are seeing elephants on the rise in @zakouma_national_park, rhinos and lions reintroduced to @majetewildlifereserve and @liwonde_national_park in Malawi and @akagerapark in Rwanda; the endangered Kordofan giraffe is increasing in @garamba_national_park and important game animals are growing exponentially in @liuwaplainnationalpark and Bangweulu in Zambia. Due to effective park management, Africa’s biodiversity is making a come-back, resulting in increases in employment and tourism and a rise in other social benefits being delivered to underserved communities including educational and medical services. What we are seeing is where national parks can be protected, conservation-led economies can follow, helping to change the lives of the millions of people who share and depend on these wild areas. People need nature, and what we see time and time again is that where wildlife thrive, people thrive. Photo: @mana_meadows #biodiversity #africanparks #nationalparks #conservation #forceforgood #naturesreturn

The spectacular Magashi Camp has just opened its doors in @akagerapark the country’s newest luxury camp where travelers can see it all. Operated by @wearewilderness, the camp is set within the park’s northeastern corner and is comprised of six spacious tents overlooking the gorgeous Lake Rwanyakazinga. In addition to Ruzizi Tented Lodge, Karenge Bush Camp and Akagera Game Lodge, Magashi will offer guests a rare opportunity to experience first-hand one of the continent’s most extraordinary conservation success stories. Behold thousands of plains game and thriving populations of lion and rhino, which were reintroduced to Akagera in the past four years, making it Rwanda’s only ‘big five’ status park. Here is a landscape that was once inundated with 30,000 cattle and overcome by poaching, which in just under a decade of concerted efforts alongside the Rwanda Development Board, has transformed into a secure, vibrant and globally sought-after wilderness. Click the link in our bio to learn more. Photos: @wearewilderness #africanParks #akagera #rwanda #conservation #travel

Today is World Bee Day! Watch as women from the local bee-keeping project, Honey with Heart, in @majetewildlifereserve sing about their bees as they celebrate the opportunities that have arisen from this local enterprise. Situated in some of the most remote areas in Africa, with limited access to employment opportunities, communities often share land with national parks and reserves that they had previously relied heavily upon for survival. However, African Parks' Honey with Heart programme is training communities with the skills and resources necessary to be able to produce organic honey as a source of income, in order to provide alternative sustainable livelihoods to the community members living around this beautiful reserve. In 2018 alone, Majete assembled 606 hives and distributed almost 500 of them to the 492 local community members who participated in basic beekeeping training. By the end of the year, there were a total of 399 active hives which generated 593 kg of harvested organic honey. Honey with Heart is helping to empower Majete's communities to build an economic foundation to improve their lives so that they can preserve their national parks for future generations. 🌻🐝🍯💛 Video: @PedroMcBride #africanparks #malawi #wildlife #majete #honeywithheart #communities #worldbeeday

Everyone loves a mud bath! This family of elephants clearly is enjoying soaking up the mud in this waterhole in Majete Wildlife Reserve. Majete is nestled in the south-western part of Malawi and is an unlikely story of resurgence and restoration. By 1992, elephant and many other wildlife species had all but disappeared from the reserve as a result of intensive poaching, leaving a vast and empty landscape. However, this all changed when we assumed management of Majete in 2003 in partnership with the DNPW. With safety restored, we reintroduced elephants in 2006 and in just 12 years the herd had grown incredibly to more than 400 individuals, 180 of which were moved in 2017 to help repopulate Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve in northern Malawi as part of our #500Elephants project. Majete is an extraordinary wildlife haven that is packed with mesmerising views of undulating hills and riverine landscapes studded with glimpses of the Big Five and other iconic species. Learn more about this magnificent park and its elephants by clicking the link in our bio. Video: @wesley_hartmann #africanparks #majete #wildlife #malawi #elephants #safari

How can we protect our planet? One place at a time. With more than 26,000 wildlife and plant species now at risk of extinction, the Wyss Campaign for Nature has made an unprecedented commitment to confront this conservation crisis. In a US$1 billion investment, this extraordinary campaign aims to help communities, indigenous peoples, and nations conserve 30% of the planet in its natural state by 2030. This vital commitment offers the planet a much needed lifeline – and hopefully inspires others to follow. Thank you Mr Hansjörg Wyss and Wyss Campaign for your tremendous commitment to nature, and ultimately to humanity. Learn more by clicking the link in our bio. #AfricanParks #WyssCampaign#Nature #wildlife #forceforgood#campaignfornature

After the state of the world’s biodiversity was laid bare by the UN’s global assessment published last week, the editorial board of @nytimes has provided strong commentary on the primary culprits of the destruction of the planet’s precious ecosystems and on what is urgently needed to protect them. Their article, “Life as We Know It”, spotlights the role of protected areas and the call for a Global Deal for Nature, which would see 30% of the Earth’s lands placed under formal protection by 2030 to address biodiversity loss and climate change, securing the natural systems which underpin human well-being. As part of @natgeo’s Last Wild Places programme, African Parks is one of a group of organisations that have joined forces with governments to expand the protection of wild landscapes across Africa to create safe places for people and wildlife alike. Click the link in our bio to read the full article. @natgeo @insidenatgeo #lastwildplaces #globaldealfornature #africanparks #nationalparks #conservation

The Central African Republic seems only to make headlines for the human crises that occur there, including lack of governance and instability sewn by ruling rebels and civil war. Previously, the @washingtonpost has reported that more than a dozen armed groups and local militias control about 80 percent of this impoverished country – a country where 1 in 4 people is displaced, and tens of thousands of children are malnourished. But they also report that “besides the armed authority of rebel groups, there are other, more promising forms of governance in the Central African Republic – Chinko Wildlife Reserve”. The reporter continued that @chinko.project “has managed to bring some stability and development to the unruly southeast. Spanning more than 6,800 square miles, Chinko not only protects an extraordinary mix of wildlife but also offers the trappings of a working state, providing education, health care, law enforcement and an economy. The park funds the salaries of dozens of local teachers and trains its own employees in hygiene, money management and sexual health. Its nurses make visits to nearby communities. Weekly markets supply Chinko’s 450-strong workforce — a boon to this destitute region. A dedicated ranger corps patrols the reserve to combat poaching”. In 2017, almost 400 internally displaced people fled to Chinko for protection from near-certain death as a result of local ethnic violence. After a year of receiving shelter and life-saving assistance within Chinko, with some even being employed, last year they voluntarily returned to their village and all are doing well. Thanks to the support received from the European Union and @usaid, Chinko has become a beacon of hope that wildlife and communities are turning to for sanctuary where they can see a future for themselves and their children. For more information click the link in our bio. Photo by @c.mararv
#Chinko #CentralAfricanRepublic #Hope #AfricanParks #Rangers #Conservation

@liwonde_national_park’s predators are thriving! We are pleased to share that the seven cheetahs that were reintroduced to Liwonde by the end of 2018 are loving their new home and their population is booming already. Since their reintroduction, we have been lucky enough to welcome four litters of cubs, each with 100% cub survival rate during denning stage and guess what? There is a fifth litter expected very soon! We are also pleased to report that Liwonde’s lions are settling in well. Only reintroduced to the park in mid-2018 it is still early days for these large predators, but the nine individuals have already naturally split up into two prides that spend their time between the vast flood plains and the hilly interior of the park. Liwonde National Park is on the forefront of predator restoration, where the return of these apex predators is part of the larger strategy to restore a naturally, functioning ecological system while conserving these highly valuable species. None of this would be possible without the tremendous ongoing support we receive from the Malawian DNPW, the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, @peoplespostcodelottery , Stichting Dioraphte, The Wyss Foundation, @wwfbelgium , the @lionrecovery and the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Photos: 1. Olivia Sievert 2. @sean_viljoen #liwonde #malawi #bigcats #predators #wildlife #forceforgood #naturesreturn

African Parks and @americares are embarking on a unique journey to bolster health and conservation in and around Africa’s protected areas. The partnership will strengthen the capacity of four local health centres serving nearly 100,000 people living around two of Malawi’s most important wildlife areas - Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve. Over the next three years the health centres will undergo much-needed improvements, including the restoration of running water to enhance patient and health worker safety. Health centre staff will also receive training in areas such as infection prevention and control measures, maternity care and new-born care. This partnership builds on the capabilities of both organisations to meet a shared goal: to establish corridors of human health and well-being, helping deliver the benefits of well-run protected areas to the people that need them the most. For more information, click the link in our bio. #africanparks #americares #partnership #wildlife #health #conservation #forceforgood

@akagerapark in Rwanda has undergone a remarkable transformation in just the past nine years. In this lovely article, @NatGeo explores the park’s difficult history and its journey to being one of Africa's greatest success stories for nature and people. Inundated with over 30,000 cattle and nearly emptied by poaching in the years following Rwanda's devastating genocide, the Government in 2010 partnered with African Parks to see this extraordinary landscape brought back to life. Working closely with the Rwanda Development Board, we encouraged the return of wildlife and reintroduced key species, including lions and rhinos, and we worked with local communities to secure the landscape and unlock its value to support local livelihoods and economies. Today Akagera is Rwanda's only home to 'big five' wildlife, vast and vibrant wetlands, and flourishing tourism which is delivering revenues directly back into the park and to surrounding communities. Click the link in our bio to read the full article.
All photos by @love_wild_africa
#africanparks #akagera #rwanda #conservation #goodnews

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