African Parks is a non-profit conservation organization that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. African Parks currently manage 19 national parks and protected areas in 11 countries covering over 14.2 million hectares in Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
We are in the midst of a conservation crisis that is occurring around the globe resulting in the catastrophic loss of countless species and the accelerated destruction of wild landscapes. Protected areas are facing a critical period where the number of well-managed parks is fast declining. Those that are unmanaged will be lost, and those that remain will become highly valued and possibly even more threatened. We have established the largest counter-poaching force for a conservation organization in Africa, with over 1,100 rangers and growing. Our rangers are often the only stabilizing force in some of the most remote and under served areas in Africa. In 2019 alone, they confiscated 64,267 illegal wildlife products including ivory and bushmeat, removed 19,464 snares and made 658 arrests from across the parks with 400 total prosecutions.
The core parks we will support and visit on a yearly basis will be
Zambia - Liuwa Plain NP, Kafue NP and the Bangweulu