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AFRICAN PARKS ANTI-POACHING AND CONSERVATION INITIATIVES BOLSTERED BY USD2 MILLION GRANT FROM THE HOWARD G. BUFFETT FOUNDATION

Helicopter arrives in Garamba [2015 © African Parks/Andrew Brukman]

African Parks’ efforts to resolve the poaching crisis in Garamba National Park have been bolstered by a USD2 million grant from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation (HGBF), a private foundation in the United States.



THE LIONS CUP FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT FINAL

Lions Cup Tournament [2014 © African Parks]

The much anticipated return of lions to Akagera National Park, after an absence of 15 years, has been preceded by several events around the border of the park with the aim of sensitization and alerting the local community to the plans to return lions to the park. One event, which has created significant excitement along the park boundary, was the Lions Cup Football Tournament, which saw the final match played out at Rwinkwavu Stadium on Friday 19th December. The tournament began in October and involved 16 teams from the 16 cells in the three districts bordering the park; Nyagatare, Kayonza and Gatsibo. 8 teams were knocked out in the first round with the 8 advancing teams meeting in the quarter finals to decide on the four teams who would reaching the semis. The tournament was organized in such a way that teams from the north met teams from the south starting with the semis and ending with a tension-filled north vs south finale.




AFRICAN PARKS TAKES ON MANAGEMENT OF PROTECTED AREA IN CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Chinko Wildlife [2014 © African Parks]

African Parks has taken on the management of the Chinko Project in the Central African Republic (CAR). The Chinko Project, through a public private partnership with the Central African Republic Ministry of Forestry, the Environment and Tourism, has a mandate to manage this important protected area for 50 years.




RWANDAN NATIONALS RECEIVED FREE ENTRY TO AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK OVER 4 DAYS IN NOVEMBER 2014

Rwandan Nationals Day [2014 © Albert Muragijimana, Wilson Tours and Travel]

Rwandan nationals were offered free entry to Akagera for a 4 day period in late November in order to raise awareness of conservation issues and Akagera’s developments, and as part of the parks’ 80th Anniversary celebrations.



STUDENT ART EXHIBITION THEMED 80 YEARS OF CONSERVATION IN AKAGERA

Student Art Exhibition Themed “80 Years of Conservation in Akagera”  [2014 © Gael Vande Weghe]

Students from Green Hills Academy, Ecole de Belge and International School of Kigali came together to put on an art exhibition with the theme of “80 Years of Conservation in Akagera” as part of the 80th Anniversary celebration of Akagera National Park.



MORE THAN 10 000 SEEDLINGS TO BE PLANTED IN KAGEYO

Planting trees in Kageyo [2014 © African Parks]

In collaboration with Winrock Interntional, a nonprofit organization that works around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources, AMC have purchased seedlings from an established nursery in Kageyo to plant in the local community.




TEAMS TO RUN GRUELING ULTRA-MARATHON FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEW NATIONAL PARK IN CHAD AND TO RAISE FUNDS FOR ANTI-POACHING

Le Treg [2014 © African Parks/Le Treg]

Two teams, one comprising nine African Parks managers, and the other, a dedicated team of six runners from Zakouma National Park in Chad, are to participate in the punishing 2015 Le Treg Ultra-Marathon. The marathon is run in the beautiful, but unforgiving terrain of the Ennedi Plateau located in north-east Chad, in the Sahara Desert. The aim of the two teams is to demonstrate African Parks’ commitment to the Chadian Government in establishing Ennedi as a national park and to raise awareness and funds for anti-poaching initiatives at all the parks managed by the organisation.




FREE ACCESS FOR RWANDAN NATIONALS TO AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK

something... [2013 © John Dickens]

EXTENDED FOR ONE MORE DAY! Nationals can now visit for free on Saturday 29th November! In celebration of 80 years of conservation in Akagera, Akagera Management Company are offering free entry to Rwandan Nationals for the 3 day period beginning on 26th November 2014; the date Akagera was established as a National Park in 1934.




AFRICAN PARKS VOTED BEST WILDLIFE CONSERVATION ORGANISATION IN AFRICA

Best Wildlife Conservation Organisation  [2014 © African Parks]

African Parks has been voted the Best Wildlife Conservation Organisation in the annual Safari Awards, presented in London earlier this week at the start of the World Travel Market.



SIGNING OF BANGWEULU MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT

Bangweulu signing ceremony, Dr Martin Malama, Chairman of the Bangweulu Wetlands Management Board; Mrs Jean Kapata, the Honorable Minister of Tourism and Arts; Mr Davies Mwango, the MP for Kanchibiya; and Peter Fearnhead , CEO of African Parks.  [2014 © African Parks]

A new long term agreement has been concluded for the management of the Bangweulu Wetlands in Zambia. The contract was signed by the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA), African Parks and the six Community Resource Boards that make up the Bangweulu Game Management Area.




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