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CANINE COMMAND

something... [2015 © Jes Gruner]

Eight highly-trained dogs have joined the anti-poaching unit at Akagera National Park in Rwanda and will be used to track and restrain poachers in the park.



MAKING A DIFFERENCE AT MAJETE WILDLIFE RESERVE

Cocoa nursery  [2015 © African Parks]

Malaria has been dealt a serious blow with the opening and launch of initiatives by members of the Majete Malaria Project in Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi.



CHINESE EMBASSY IN REPUBLIC OF CONGO DONATES US$100 000 FOR CONSERVATION IN GROUND-BREAKING COLLABORATION WITH ODZALA-KOKOUA NATIONAL PARK

Chinese embassy donates US$100 000 for conservation  [2014 © African Parks]

The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, has donated US$100 000 to conservation in Odzala-Kokoua National Park which will be used for the construction of a 27 kilometre road to connect the Number 2 Highway with the new Odzala-Kokoua National Park eastern sector base, extending on to the Mambili River. This ground-breaking Chinese initiative is the first collaboration of its kind with Odzala-Kokoua National Park, and in the Congo, and has been welcomed by the Republic of Congo Minister of Forest Economy and Sustainable Development, Henri Djombo, the European Union Ambassador to Congo, Saskia De Lang, and Odzala’s park manager, Erik Mararv.




TEAMS COMPLETE TOUGH LE TREG ULTRA-MARATHON IN ENNEDI, CHAD TO SUPPORT CONSERVATION

Le Treg Marathon  [2015 © Andrew Brukman]

The African Parks Management team and the Zakouma National Park team have completed the punishing 90km Le Treg ultra-marathon run in the blistering heat of Ennedi in the Sahara Desert in Chad.



SECURING THE GREY CROWNED CRANE POPULATION IN RWANDA

Crowned cranes [2014 © Sarah Hall]

The population of Grey crowned cranes in Rwanda has been estimated at as few as 200 in the wild, but there may be as many, if not more, in captivity. The Rwanda Development Board, in collaboration with Akagera National Park and veterinarian, Olivier Nsengimana who is managing the project, are working together to rehabilitate the captive population and return them to the wild.




AFRICAN PARKS CONCLUDES MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH GOVERNMENT OF CHAD ON ENNEDI

President Idriss Deby Itno signs MoU with Peter Fearnhead, African Parks CEO [2015 © African Parks]

African Parks is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Chad to assess the challenges and opportunities that would result from setting up Ennedi as a protected area.



PANGOLIN RESCUED IN LIUWA PLAIN NATIONAL PARK

Pangolin rescued at Liuwa [2015 © AfricanParks]

The park team at Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia has saved a pangolin from becoming yet another crime statistic in the murky world of illegal wildlife trafficking. The Liuwa law enforcement team caught a poacher with the pangolin after a tip off from an informer.




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.




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