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Meet Mist, our newest member of the stellar K9 anti-poaching unit at @akagerapark, in Rwanda. These incredible dogs, along with our rangers are the guardians of the newly translocated Eastern black rhinos as well as the other Big 5 and all the wildlife who reside in the park. Thanks to our law enforcement efforts, poaching is the lowest it has been in six years. #AfricanParks#AntiPoaching#Dog#Dogoftheday#Akagera#Rwanda#dogsofinstagram
Community development is a vital part of protecting parks and their wildlife. Where people thrive, wildlife thrives. The communities who live on the periphery of Majete have seen numerous positive changes take place since we assumed management of Majete in 2003. In 2016 alone, more than 2,300 children were impacted through educational outreach; 7,100 tree seedlings were planted to provide a sustainable alternative fuel source; and 100 tonnes of honey were harvested through the African Parks bee-keeping programme. By working together with the surrounding communities, we have been able to grow and protect our elephant herd, so much so that we are able to move numerous families to Nkhkotakota to restock and restore the reserve as part of our historic #500elephants translocation. Footage: @aheydlauff#AfricanParks#Conservation#community#majete#Nkhotakota
Did you know that Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi had lost all of its elephants to poaching by 1992? African Parks worked tirelessly to restore the Reserve by moving elephants back to the park in 2006 (some were translocated from Liwonde!) to help repopulate the park. Thanks to our law enforcement and community engagement, the herd has been able to safely grow to over 430 individuals in just 10 years – AND – not one has been lost to poaching over that entire period. This is why today we’re able to move elephants from Majete to help repopulate Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve and create Malawi’s premier elephant reserve, and restore that park like we did with Majete. #GoodNews#Conservation#Elephants#WorthMoreAlive#African Parks #Malawi#500elephants
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We are thrilled to have had @natgeo photographer and filmmaker @pedromcbride on the ground with us during the elephant translocation in Malawi and to capture this story of hope.
Repost from @pedromcbride: A migration assist: As a smoky sunset sweeps across the Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi Africa, a pod of elephants move west. Constant burning to create charcoal, which many rely upon to survive, creates the hazy tangerine sky, but it comes with a less pretty cost on the ground: denuded woodlands and wildlife habitat. The community-minded strategy in Majete, however, has managed this reserve to allow and ensure wildlife thrive, the forest stands and new jobs in and around the region are following. It has become a success reflected in exponential wildlife growth. As a result, 150 elephants are getting moved to another @africanparksnetwork in the north of Malawi that was once wiped of animals due to poaching. The first steps in this rare ‘feel good’ story starts first with locating the elie herds to move. See them? #conservation#500elephants#malawi#majete#africa#chasingrivers#petemcbride#natgeo#goodnews
Did you know we are also moving over 1,500 other animals besides elephants to Nhotakota Wildlife Reserve to help repopulate the whole park? Not only have we moved 400 elephants to date, we have also restocked the reserve with more than 100 buffalo and over 1,000 other game animals from Liwonde National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve. Our rangers in Nkhotakota have been ensuring the safety of all the animals we are moving there. Over the last two years we overhauled law enforcement and secured the park from poaching. The reserve had lost most of its wildlife several decades ago due to poaching but it is now ready to be restocked and restored - just like we did with Majete in 2003 - which will also boost tourism and help support local communities. Click the link in the bio to find out what other animals will be joining the #500elephants in this historic translocation Photo: Frank Weiter #AfricanParks#Conservation#Elephants#OnTheMove#Wildlife#Liwonde#Majete#Nkhotakota
This remarkable conservation effort brings the total number of elephants on the move in #Malawi to 400. 100 more to go! These elephants have travelled 350km from Liwonde National Park and 600 km from Majete Wildlife Reserve to Nkhkotakota Wildlife Reserve - in one of the largest and most significant elephant translocations in human history. The final 100 elephants will be moved in the coming weeks. Sign-up for regular updates, by clicking the link in the bio #500elephants#AfricanParks#Conservation#Wildlife#OntheMove#Liwonde#Nkhotakota
All precautions are in place to ensure the safe transport of the elephants being relocated to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. Tremendous planning and care has gone into this project – from overhauling law enforcement to make their new home safe from poachers, to ensuring the safety of each and every elephant. The final 100 elephants will be moved in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more updates along the way by clicking the link in our bio Photo: Karen Lubbe #AfricanParks#500Elephant#OnTheMove#Nkhotakota#Elephants#Malawi
This elephant just travelled 350 km to his new home in Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve with mum by his side and has arrived safely. More than 400 elephants have been moved to date, in one of the largest and most significant elephant translocations in human history. Click the link in our bio to find out more #africanparks#500Elephants#BeMoved#Liwonde#Nkhotakota#Elephant
We're currently moving elephants from Majete to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserves in Malawi as part of the conclusion of "500 Elephants" we began last year. Thrilled to have @pedromcbride along for the journey to document this incredible conservation success story for elephants. Please visit the link in our bio for more information on this extraordinary translocation. #africanparks#majete#500elephants#goodnews
We have big news to share! Akagera National Park, in Rwanda, is officially the new home of two new male lions. These two males made the long journey from South Africa to Rwanda in May this year, and have been adjusting to their new surroundings in a specially constructed boma. They were released on Wednesday, but did not emerge from the boma until nightfall and are now busy exploring their new territory. In 2015, African Parks translocated seven lions to Rwanda as part of our continued efforts to restore the park and they were the first to return to the country since their local extinction in the 1990s. Their successful reintroduction led to the lion population more than doubling, with new cubs born. These two additional lions will ensure genetic diversity at the park in 2016, a park where populations are not only stabilising but are on the increase. Photo: @akagerapark /Drew Bantlin #BigCats#BigNews#AfricanParks#Akagera#Rwanda
Watch what it's like to give water to a wild bull elephant - who has learned to trust humans again. These wild elephants regularly congregate at our Park Manager’s waterhole in Zakouma National Park, in Chad, to drink the cool, clean water from the hose. However, this was not always the case. Zakouma’s elephant populations were decimated by poaching prior to African Parks involvement, but since 2010, through effective park protection, these elephants are now safe and their trust has been restored. Footage: @aheydlauff at @zakouma_national_park#AfricanParks#Nature#Elephant#SavetheElephants#worthmorealive#Zakouma
Meet Watson! He’s a rare and pre-historic looking shoebill stork that we rescued from the wildlife trade last September. He arrived at Bangweulu Wetlands in Zambia after he was confiscated from a wildlife trafficker. After many months of care from our team on the ground, he has been successfully released and is fishing all on his own! Shoebill chicks are often stolen for sale into the international wildlife trade, many of the chicks die en route and never reach their destination. Left uncontrolled, this trade severely threatens the survival of this long-lived and slow-breeding species. We are working with communities and individuals whom we employ as ‘Shoebill Guards’ who are the custodians of these birds, who are protecting and ensuring the survival of this species. Help us continue our work of saving shoebills and preventing the illegal trade by donating today – link in our bio. @therustymokoro #AfricanParks#Rarebirds#Bangweulu#Wetland#Conservation#Shoebill#Rescue
Watch as this cheetah takes his first steps into his new home in Liwonde National Park, Malawi. He is one of four cheetahs who made the journey from South Africa to Liwonde in May. It has been close to a century since cheetahs were recorded in Liwonde, after they were wiped out by rampant poaching. However, thanks to effective law enforcement, poaching at an all-time low and Liwonde is now a safe haven for all species. In 2016, Rangers conducted more than 5,000 patrol days, removed over 16,000 snares and built 117 km of perimeter fencing to ensure both humans and wildlife are safe and secure. All four cheetahs have since been released and are adapting well to the new environment. Join us in welcoming them to their new home! #GoodNews#Conservation#AfricanParks#BigCats#WelcomeHome#Cheetah
A rare sighting of dozens of elephant calves, under the age of one year, kept safe among a majestic herd of elephants in @zakouma_national_park , in Chad. It is not every day you can see them out in the open in such a large group, set against the new growth from the wet season. Zakouma’s elephant numbers were catastrophically reduced by 90 % due to poaching between 2002 and 2010. Since African Parks assumed management of the park in 2010, poaching has essentially been stopped and elephants are finally on the rise, and surpassed 500 in the last year. Photo: Lynie Pispisano #goodnews#AfricanParks#Conservation#Elephants#SavetheElephants#Worthmorealive#Zakouma
We just had a little rest! We moved our camp for the elephant translocation from Liwonde National Park to Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi over the past few days, and just resumed captures in Majete yesterday. 24 elephants have been moved so far from Majete, for a total of 95 since June! A total of 500 elephants are being moved into Nkhotakota making up one of the largest and most significant elephant translocations in human history. Click the link in the bio to find out more about their journey. #AfricanParks#Conservation#Elephants#500Elephants#BeMoved#Keepitmoving#Liwonde#Nkhotakota#siesta#naptime
Carnivores are on the rise at Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia. When African Parks took assumed management of Liuwa Plain, there was just one female lion remaining - the famous Lady Liuwa. The park boosted the population by introducing additional lions to create a small but growing pride of what is currently eight today. The cheetah population is recovering with the birth of several cubs in just the last year, and spotted hyaena are thriving with an estimated population of over 500. Photo: @heinrichvandenberg#AfricanParks#Liuwa#BigCats#Wildlife#Nature#Zambia
Ensuring the safety of these beautiful giants, as they make their journey to their new home to Nkhotakota, is a priority for the team on the ground at the elephant translocation currently underway in Malawi. The translocation of elephants takes months to plan, but each capture takes just minutes and everything done to minimise risk to the elephants. We move cohesive family groups as elephants are incredibly social animals, and keeping family groups together gives them the best chance of success in their new home. Click the link in the bio to find out more about their journey from Liwonde National Park to Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve as part of #500Elephants. #AfricanParks#Conservation#BeMoved#HaveYouHerd#SavetheElephants#Wildlife#Malawi#Liwonde#Nkhotakota
Watch as a family of elephants arrive safely in their new home at Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve as part of the 500 Elephants translocation currently underway in Malawi. On arrival, the elephants were released into a boma – a holding facility with food and water that is protected by a perimeter of electric fencing. Following a period of 12 to 24 hours, they are monitored and then released into the larger sanctuary. To date more than 70 elephants have travelled on a one-way journey from Liwonde National Park to Nkhotakota, to reach their new home. Follow the journey as we resume translocation efforts in Majete Wildlife Reserve later this week. Click on the link in our bio to find out more.
Follow one of the greatest success stories of conservation taking place in @akagerapark in Rwanda. Lions were reintroduced for the first time since 1994; poaching is at an all time low thanks to successful law enforcement, and in May the country welcomed back its first black rhinos in a decade. Follow @sophy_roberts , special correspondent for @cntraveler , as she meets our canine anti-poaching team, shares extraordinary wildlife footage and reports on these successes this park is achieving that will inspire generations to come. Watch her insta-stories today @sophy_roberts to find out more. #Conservation#AfricanParks#rhinomove#rhinosreturn#rhino#lion#rwanda#akagera
The second and final phase of the historic ‘500 Elephants’ translocation is underway! Last year we moved 260 elephants across Malawi to ensure the long-term survival of the county’s elephants. So far this year, we have successfully moved 50.
Tremendous planning and care has gone into this project – from overhauling law enforcement to make their new home safe from poachers, to ensuring the safety of each and every elephant.
Another 200 elephants will be moved in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more updates along the way! #500elephants#elephants#conservation#Malawi#africanparks#SavetheElephants@savetheelephants
Watch this incredible sighting as millions of red-billed queleas dance along the plains of @zakouma_national_park , in Chad, during the dry season. This unique behavior reduces the risk to an individual birds by travelling in groups, and the large numbers confuse their predators. Zakouma serves as sanctuary for West and Central African biodiversity including elephants, lions, the rare Kordofan giraffe, numerous ungulates and hundreds of bird species, due to its year-round availability of water. Visit our site, link in bio to explore more about Zakouma and how you can visit this incredible park. #AfricanParks#Zakouma#Conservation#Wildlife#birdwatching
This young white-bellied pangolin who was rescued by our rangers in @garamba_national_park , DRC, has been released back into the wild! This little guy has made a remarkable recovery thanks to the park’s veterinarian and the care of our staff. Did you know that these incredible creatures are the most trafficked of all the mammals for the illegal wildlife trade? It is estimated that 100,000 or so are removed from the wild each year, for the sale of their scales and meat. We are doing everything we can to protect Garamba and the 10 other parks we manage – from elephants to pangolins and everything in between. . #AfricanParks#Wildlife#worthmorealive#garamba#goodnews#pangolin
Africa’s second largest wildebeest migration has officially begun! Liuwa Plain National Park, in Zambia, entering the dry season and wildebeest herds have started their move to the North of the park. This extraordinary expanse bears witness to one of nature’s great spectacles annually and contributes hugely to tourism, through which benefits thousands of local communities members who live in the park. Photo: @willbl #Conservation#Migration#AfricanParks#Zambia#Wildebeest#Travel
It’s World Giraffe Day and we’re giving the world’s tallest land mammals the spotlight they deserve. Did you know that giraffes have declined by an estimated 40% across Africa in the last 30 years? In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, giraffes have been driven to the brink of extinction by poaching and habitat loss, and the last remaining population is now confined only to @garamba_national_park where African Parks is working to protect them. This critical population of rare Kordofan giraffe, which numbered around 40 animals last year, is being conserved under the park’s dedicated law enforcement and long-term species research and monitoring programme. And there is hope for their future- in just the last few months at least seven calves were born, boosting DRC’s only population to 47. Photo: Mathias D'haen #AfricanParks#WorldGiraffeDay#Giraffe#Garamba#wildlife#conservation#Africa#Wildlife@giraffe_conservation
In a recent article by @theeconomist “In Praise of Pachyderms” the author makes an important plea to conserve elephants because “they hold a scientific mirror up to humans”. We often hear about how elephants are ecosystem gardeners, shaping the landscapes we as people rely on, and about their rich and complicated social structures to we which we relate intimately. The piece goes one step further in stating that if we lose the species, which is as unrelated to human beings as any mammal can be but have “evolved intelligence, and even consciousness… we will lose an example of how intelligence comes about and makes its living in the wild and would also diminish the ability of biologists of the future to understand the process, and thus how it happened to human beings”. African Parks is protecting more than 15,000 elephants among the parks under our management, and with your help, together we’re ensuring elephants stand a fighting chance for living long into the future. Photo: Frank Weitzer at #LiwondeNP @savetheelephants@elephantcrisisfund#SavetheElephants#AfricanParks#Elephants#worthmorealive
Watch as Dr. Pete Morkel, a wildlife veterinarian, expertly tranquilises an Eastern giant eland to affix a radio collar. This is most likely the first time this species has been monitored in @chinkoproject , in the Central African Republic. Ensuring the animals safety throughout the process, the helicopter pilot guides the herd into an open clearing, once sedated the team collared one of the members of the herd, to gain valuable data on their movements, habitat use, and overall survivorship. A Roan antelope, a Lelwel’s hartebeest and four giant eland have been collared so far, with the goal of collaring 10 more giant eland. Chinko is an extraordinary landscape, spanning a vast 17,600 km2 where savannah and tropical forest collide. 23 even-toed ungulate species live here, along with 10 primate species, 5 felid species, as many as 600 species of birds, and both forest and savannah elephants. More than 400 people are employed by Chinko who are protecting the areas – for wildlife and people - making us one of the largest employers in the region, and contributing towards numerous community benefits such as improved healthcare and education. Footage: Kyle Shuttleworth #AfricanParks#Chinko#Wildlife#Nature#Conservation#goodnews
A landmark bill to ban Hong Kong's ivory trade was launched yesterday, in an effort to "eradicate" the illegal poaching of elephants. Environment minister Wong Kam-sing said the city must respond to the demands of the international community and that they trade would "fully come to a close" by 2021. Garamba Nationals Park’s Manager, Erik Mararv, delivered testimony to legislators last week describing the violent nature of the trade, argue that Hong Kong should not compensate its own ivory traders as it could further encourage the violent industry. The government has stated they would not buy up the ivory as the city was "determined" to close down the market. Photo: Frank af Petersens @wwf@wwfkh@garamba_national_park@savetheelephants#worthmorealive#savetheelephants#africanparks#elephants#ivory
“Where the water meets the sky” Bangweulu Wetlands in Zambia is a critical source of life for both wildlife and people alike. These glass-like lakes and lily strewn waterways are home to more than 50,000 people and an array of different wildlife that include the endemic black lechwe and the pre-historic looking shoebill stork. #AfricanParks#Nature#Conservation#Wildlife#Zambia#Shoebill#Travel
Photo by: @mana_meadows