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On this World Rhino Day we are pleased to share the exciting good news that a rhino calf has been born in @akagerapark - the first wild rhino birth for Rwanda in over a decade!
In May of this year, African Parks in collaboration with the RDB and with support from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, successfully reintroduced 18 Eastern black rhinos to Akagera in an historic translocation bringing back the species to the country after a 10-year absence. While all of the rhinos were considered precious cargo, one in particular was carrying a special delivery. Ineza, a female rhino turned out to be well into her 16-month gestation. Her new-born calf was confirmed in August and has been sighted regularly since then. We have spent the past six years preparing for this moment, in making the park safe for the rhinos return and for all the wildlife in the park, including the newborns along the way. The story of the rhinos return, Akagera’s restoration, and this new calf provides hope for the species and for conservation around the globe. Where there is safety, wildlife thrives.
Join with us in celebrating this #WorldRhinoDay and share the good news, because there is so much to be hopeful for.
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Augustin Manirarora #Rhinos#AfricanParks#WorldRhinoDay#Akagera#SavetheRhinos#Rwanda#RhinosReturn#goodnews
Tactics are shifting to fight the global wildlife trade, which has been costing rangers and wildlife their lives. The @WashingtonPost details the move towards ‘following the money’ in the trafficking market worth up to $23 billion. This week, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution urging its 193 members to adopt laws making wildlife crimes offences that can trigger money laundering investigations and allow assets to be seized. The trafficking epidemic has surged as incomes have risen in Asia. Busts include Hong Kong’s biggest ivory haul in three decades — a shipment worth nearly $10 million. @lifethroughalensphotography #WorthMoreAlive#Elephants#Rhino#Pangolin#WildlifeTrafficking#AfricanParks
Since assuming management of the spectacular Pendjari Biosphere Reserve in May this year, our partnership with the Government of Benin which is providing significant funding has already led to extraordinary measures being taken to protect it. As part of the #RevealingBenin national development programme, the Presidency announced this Monday the authorization of the creation of a special law enforcement brigade to safeguard the park’s wildlife; persisting in the last great savannah wilderness in West Africa, its iconic species are an asset for Benin’s economy, giving it enormous potential as a global tourism destination. African Parks will soon initiate the training of up to 100 rangers for the anti-poaching team, recruiting and selecting people from around the area and working with communities to secure a future of prosperity. #AfricanParks#BéninRévélé#Benin#wildlife#tourism#conservation#Africa#bigcats@lionrecovery
Two of the newly introduced cheetahs that just arrived in Liwonde National Park in May have already been seen mating in the park! Four cheetahs in total were introduced to Liwonde in Malawi this year as part of a larger predator restoration initiative for the park. Fewer than 7,000 cheetahs remain in the wild and critical interventions are needed for this species to be protected across that continent, and we are working towards ensuring that they can thrive in their new home. Click the link in the bio to learn more about their journey. Photo by Olivia Sievent #BigCats#Liwonde#Malawi#AfricanParks#OntheMove#Wildlife#Conservation
Despite being situated in one of the most hostile parts of Africa, @garamba_national_park is teeming with life. Nestled in the far northeast corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Garamba is home to a myriad of different species and is the last holdout for the largest population of elephants and the only surviving population of the Kordofan giraffe in all of Congo. Tragically, militant ivory and bushmeat poachers have exerted immense pressure on the park and its inhabitants over the past few decades. Our vision however is to restore security to Garamba and reclaim its former glory through intensive and extensive law enforcement and community engagement. Photo by @lifethroughalensphotography#Garamba. #DRC#AfricanParks#wildlifephotography#conservation
@zakouma_national_park in Chad has been named one of the most inspirational conservation success stories. Years of poaching resulted in a devastating decline in elephants, from 4,000 in 2002 to just 450 in 2010. Since African Parks assumed management of Zakouma in 2010, we essentially stopped poaching and the elephant population in Zakouma is on the increase. Other species in the park are also increasing including giraffe (Zakouma is home to 50% of the remaining Kordofan giraffe subspecies), roan antelope and Lelwel’s hartebeest. The park’s buffalo population which was reduced to about 220 animals in 1986 now numbers over 10,000! Thank you for supporting us in creating this safe haven and protecting this spectacular park. #GoodNews#AfricanParks#Conservation#Wildlife#Zakouma#Elephants#savetheelephants
The cheetahs of @LiwondeNationalPark in Malawi are thriving since their release into their new home three months ago. The four cheetahs made the journey from South Africa to Malawi in May this year, in an effort to reintroduce predators to the park after having been absent for over 100 years from the park, and 20 years from Malawi. We are happy to report that they have settled into their respective home ranges and are all doing well. Did you know that you can visit Liwonde and the other parks we manage which helps generate revenue for the parks and local communities? Plan your visit and see predators being restored in Liwonde. #africanparks#Malawi#Liwonde#BigCats@bucketlist
Our growing elephant herd cools off in the rising waters along the river as @Zakouma_National_Park in Chad goes into the wet season. This expansive landscape will soon transform into a glorious wetland, a safe haven for Central and West African wildlife, where the species who call this park home continue to thrive.
Thousands of people are still under threat in one of the most volatile places on the planet, the Central African Republic. We are caring for 300 people, mainly women and children, who have sought refuge in Chinko, where our rangers are providing a stabilising force in the area. But we need your help in addressing this humanitarian crisis. Just $40 a month enables us to provide food, clean water, tarps, mosquito nets, blankets, cooking pots, sleeping mats, medical kit, and soap per person for a month. Please considering donating today to our Chinko Crisis Fund where every dollar counts - and saves lives - during this difficult time (link in bio). #ChinkoCrisis#AfricanParks#Rangers#Emergency
In a landmark decision, Hong Kong has voted no to compensation for ivory traders ahead of total ban. Undersecretary Tse Chin-wan said at a Legislative Council hearing on Wednesday 6 September that "if they give compensation, it means the government pays for the ivory - it will cause smuggling. It will also cause more hunting of elephants and the deaths of those who protect elephants.” There has been a partial ivory ban in Hong Kong since 1990, following the implementation of the 1975 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.“After 27 years, as an international city, we need to make contributions in this field, it is time to implement a total ban,” Tse said. In June this year, Garamba National Park's Operations Manager Erik Mararv, delivered a moving testimony on the real and deadly impact of the ivory trade both on elephants and people. Erik recounted a tragic event in Garamba that left three rangers dead and he was also wounded. Click the link in the bio to read the full story. @wwfhk @savetheelephants@wwf#SupportHKIvoryBan#WorthMoreAlive#Conservation#Garamba#Rangers#HongKong
Park rangers are critical to the safety of communities and survival of wildlife in the areas where we work. With the largest ranger force of any one NGO Africa, we provide safety and security for each park under our management; this also extends to the surrounding communities and even the broader regions. Effective law enforcement is the base for all else to follow. Once security is ensured, wildlife species can recover, or be introduced, tourism can follow; local communities can benefit from added security and employment; poverty alleviation gets addressed, as does food security and even added health benefits. Well managed parks can become the beating heart of a region – for people and wildlife alike. And the rangers make this happen. by @lifethroughalensphotography#AfricanParks#Rangers#InOurShoes#TheProtectors#OutfitARanger
Leopards have been caught on camera for the first time in Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Congo! Footage of a female AND a male leopard have been captured. Leopards are the most persecuted of the big cats – heavily targeted to prevent conflict with people and livestock, as well as for their skins and other body parts for the illegal wildlife trade. Odzala is known for its 22,000 western lowland gorillas, but looks like there may be room for a few cats as well! #AfricanParks #bigcats#causeanuproar#leopards#Congo#Odzala
Did you know that you can visit the parks we manage? See elephants rebounding in @zakouma_national_park in Chad, or rhinos restored in @akagerapark Rwanda; watch thousands of birds take flight or the famous hyaenas on the plains of Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia - or catch a rare glimpse of the endangered western lowland gorilla in Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Congo. By visiting the parks under our management, you are supporting critical conservation efforts and positively impacting local communities for generations to come. Join us and experience the good news first hand. Find out more by visiting africanparks.org #AfricanParks#naturetourism#greentourism#conservation#beautifuldesinations#bucketlist#explore#goodnews
Ennedi, an Eden of exceptional beauty in the Sahara, is situated in the northeast of Chad and is in urgent need of protection. The area was declared a World Heritage Site in 2016 for its unique natural formations and globally significant rock art that dates back 7,000 years. The biodiversity of this unique landscape is also remarkable – there are over 525 plant species and more than 199 bird species. To protect and restore this unique area, which spans 40,000 km², we entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Chad in 2015. Through developing tourism in this area, we will be able to ensure those who live in the area, directly benefit from the park's existence. Video by @sean_viljoen#Ennedi#Chad#Archaelogy#Rockart#AfricanParks@rainforesttrust@jimmy_chin@renan_ozturk@m_synnott@worldheritagesites
In May of this year, African Parks brought rhinos back to Rwanda. Eighteen Eastern black rhinos were translocated from South Africa to @akagerapark returning the species to Rwanda after a 10-year absence. We spent six years preparing the park and making sure it was safe for their arrival, and their long-term future. In just six years under our management with the RDB, the park has flourished. Poaching is at an all-time low, tourism is at an all-time high; lions now roam the plains and rhinos have returned carrying hope for conservation of the species around the world. Click on the link in the bio to full version of the two-minute film on this epic journey, and share the good news. #RhinoMove#AfricanParks#Rwanda#Akagera#WorthMoreAlive#BeMoved#Rhino
Kordofan giraffes are thriving in @zakouma_national_park in Chad. Zakouma was established as a National Park in 1963, with the goal to conserve the last remaining 50 individuals of Kordofan giraffe left in all of Chad, due to decades of poaching which had almost completely destroyed them. But today, in this park, they are flourishing. We counted more than 900 giraffes in the last survey in 2016, making Zakouma home to more than half of the entire wild Kordofan giraffe population in Africa! Also in Zakouma, we recently counted more than 500 elephants, with 81 calves under the age of three, which is the first time in over a decade that elephants are on the increase. Zakouma is an incredible story of a rise from the ashes, where species have been reborn, and security restored – for both wildlife and people. #goodnews#Zakouma#savetheelphants#giraffe@giraffe_conservation#conservation#AfricanParks#incredibleAfrica#beautifuldestinations
Watch now: An extraordinary tale of hope for the future of lions is currently underway in @akagerapark in Rwanda. For almost 20 years, lion’s had been extinct in Rwanda - but in 2015 we brought them back. @natgeo features their epic journey from South Africa to Rwanda in this beautiful documentary "Return of the Lion". This is another good news story in conservation - where lions have been restored to not just a park but to an entire country, and thanks to our law enforcement the lion population has more than doubled in just the two years since their arrival. These lions and their cubs are a pride restored, and offer a tale of hope and survival for the species. Their return also paved the way for the possibility of reintroducing rhinos to the park, a milestone that we achieved in May this year. Find out more by clicking the link in our bio and share the good news. Photo by Vyskah R Nambiar @vysakhshereena #GoodNews#AfricanParks#Conservation#Akagera#Rwanda#Rhino#Lion
We are pleased to share the newly translocated elephants are adjusting well to their new home in Nkhoktakota Wildlife Reserve. This historical elephant translocation isn’t our only ambitious project from within Africa. Also this year we returned black rhinos to Rwanda’s @akagerapark after more than a decade since they were last seen there, and cheetahs back to Liwonde in Malawi after a 100 year absence - and all are doing well! Visit our website and sign up to be the first to hear our good news from across the continent. And visit link in our bio to read the @natgeo story about the elephant translocation. by @pedromcbride#GoodNews#AfricanParks#Conservation#500Elephants#BeMoved#Akagera#Nkhotakota#Liwonde
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For truly intrepid travelers, @zakouma_national_park and Ennedi Massif in Chad are ideal for those seeking to travel off the beaten path will be enthralled with the adventures these places have to offer. Zakouma’s elephant numbers were 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. Visit our website to find out more. by Lorna Labuschagne #AfricanParks#Zakouma#Travel#Africa#bucketlist#Adventure
A rare sighting caught on camera trap! Our first record of a water chevrotain (or ‘fanged deer’) has been confirmed in @garamba_national_park in the DRC. These beautiful creatures are in decline due to bushmeat hunting and habitat loss, and if present trends continue, their survival will be at risk. Garamba is the last holdout for the largest population of elephants and the only surviving population of the Kordofan giraffe in all of Congo. We are working tirelessly to restore security to Garamba through intensive and extensive law enforcement and community engagement, both within and outside of the park. #rarespecies#fangeddeer#newdiscovery#Garamba
Ecotourism is bringing new economic possibilities to Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Congo. While definitely off the beaten path, visitors are rewarded for visiting this little-known destination. The country is home to the second largest river and the second largest rainforest in the world, which spans a vast area across Central Africa through Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Congo. Ozdala-Kokoua National Park which African Parks has been managing since 2010 covers 13,500km2 of rainforest and is home to approximately 22,000 critically endangered western lowland gorillas. Tourism here is essential for local livelihoods and in helping to protect this incredible landscape. Visit our website by clicking on the link in our bio and learn why Odzala should be on your top African destinations to visit. by @lifethroughalensphotography#AfricanParks#Congo#Gorillas#EndangeredSpecies#Bucketlist#Travel
The @guardian recently reported on nine vital victories which have been achieved for elephants in the past year. Some of the wins include cracking down on poaching with the roll-out of the Domain Awareness System (DAS). African Parks has partnered with Paul G. Allen and Vulcan Technology to create this new technology to better protect elephants and other wildlife. Other victories include the IUCN voting to shut down domestic ivory trade and China vowing to stop its legal ivory trade by year end. Elephants are still in grave danger with an estimated 96 elephants being killed daily across Africa for their ivory. We protect more than 15,000 elephants in the parks we manage and are seeing populations rise in @zakouma_national_park in Chad, @akagerapark in Rwanda, and now all three parks in Malawi, because of law enforcement, working with local communities, and overall good park management.
Photo by @lifethroughalensphotography#elephants#goodnews#savetheelephants#stopthetrade#worthmorealive#AfricanParks
Capturing the beauty and intelligence of the unsung underdogs at Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia. Native throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa, spotted hyenas live in large, interrelated, matriarchal clans of up to a hundred individuals. In Liuwa, hyaenas have a very high survival rate (233 hyenas are being monitored here with the Zambian Carnivore Programme) which is largely attributed to the abundance of prey species and low competition from the lion pride. @willbl #liuwaplain#ladyliuwa#hyenas#underdog#goodnews#predators#kinglewanika@timeandtideafrica
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It’s been a very tragic week for conservation with first the deaths of three rangers from @virunganationalpark in the DRC and now the news from yesterday about the death of Wayne Lotter from @pams_foundation , a leading elephant conservationist who was fighting to prevent the poaching of elephants and the illegal trade of ivory. He was gunned down in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. This is a deadly war so many are fighting to save wildlife while risking their lives each and every day. It is because of these brave men and women who are on the frontlines that these iconic animals- elephants, rhinos, gorillas, and others stand a chance. This is the second time this week that on behalf of the African Parks family, we share our condolences, and grieve with those who loved and worked with these incredible people.
Photo Frank af Petersens #WayneLotter#wildlifeheroes#heavyhearts#savetheelephants
Akagera National Park in Rwanda has been listed as one of the top 10 most unique national parks to visit in Africa! Akagera recently became a Big Five park in May when we brought back the eastern black rhino (18 of them!), which means visitors have the opportunity to spot iconic wildlife and an extraordinary array of birds, while staying in luxurious locations like Ruzizi Tented Lodge a mere stone's throw away from the Big Five. Tourism is vital to the sustainability of the park and we are proud to share that this is the first year in the history of Akagera that the park has exceeded $200,000 in revenue in a month, which was the same as what we received for the whole of 2010. More than 36,000 tourists visited this park last year, generating $1.3M in revenue, an increase of 550% since 2010 when we first started managing the park. Visit our website to learn more about visiting this gorgeous park. @akagerapark@travelwires#bucketlist list @passionpassport#Rwanda#Rhinos#Big5#Wildlife#AfricanParks#Akagera
We are deeply saddened to learn of this tragic news from our friends at @virunganationalpark in the DRC where three park rangers were killed, and one is still missing in action. Charles Paluku Syaira, Jonas Paluku Malyani and Pacifique Musubao Fikirini tragically lost their lives following an attack on their position in the northern sector of the park by Mai-Mai militia in the early hours of Monday 14 August 2017. One more ranger is currently missing in action. It is with heavy hearts that we share in their grief and honour their sacrifice. #heroes#guardians#rangers#heavyhearts#virunga
Bangweulu aptly means “where the water meets the sky” and it’s one of the most extraordinary and critical wetlands in all of Africa. Since African Parks assumed management of the park in 2008, there has been a strong recovery of some of the wetlands’ most iconic wildlife, including the endemic black lechwe which has increased from 35,000 to over 50,000 in just the past four years . We are continuing to restore this landscape by translocating an additional 600 animals to the park which include roan antelope, warthog, zebra, puku, impala and hartebeest. To date we have successfully moved more than half of the animals to their new home. Bangweulu is unique as the land belongs to the local communities who live there. More than 50,000 people live within the park and are dependent on the sustainable management of the fisheries the wetlands produce. This is an environment where wildlife and communities are inextricably dependent on one another for survival, and serves as an example of how biodiversity can deliver socio-economic benefits to rural communities. by @mana_meadows#Conservation#AfricanParks#Wildlife#Wetland#Africa