Our Partners

African Parks would like to like to thank each and every one of our funders for supporting our work to protect Africa's wildlife and remaining wild landscapes.

Our conservation progress would not be possible without the funding support we receive from Governments, multi-lateral institutions, conservation organisations, family foundations and individuals. We would like to thank our strategic partners for enabling us to make substantial and a long-term impact on wildlife conservation in Africa.

These donations have been critical in helping us accomplish our track record to date, through the implementation of effective management plans and conservation strategies year after year. This allows us to plan for the future, and to make a real impact. 

Strategic Partners

These funders constitute our core funding partners at either an institutional or a park level. They commit to African Parks on a multi-year basis and are contributing an annual amount of US$500,000 or more to African Parks.

  • Adessium Foundation
    Adessium Foundation
    Adessium Foundation is a grant-making foundation working towards the benefit of nature and society. Its mission is to contribute to a society characterised by integrity, justice, and a balance between people and nature. Adessium has been a long-time funder of African Parks who have played a noteworthy role in funding new project development, special projects and unanticipated events across the African Parks portfolio. Adessium extended their commitment to help fund African Parks’ expansion strategy for the period 2014 – 2017
  • Dutch Postcode Lottery
    Dutch Postcode Lottery
    The Dutch Postcode Lottery has been raising funds since 1989 to support organisations working towards a fairer and greener world. It is the biggest charity lottery in The Netherlands, with 50 percent of the lottery’s annual turnover supporting 99 charities. African Parks has been an annual beneficiary of the Dutch Postcode Lottery since 2010, renewing their funding commitment of €900,000 in 2015 for another five years. The Lottery committed an additional €890,000 to the African Parks anti-poaching fund for the period 2013 – 2017 and have also committed €2.65 million towards the elephant translocation in Malawi as part of the restoration of Liwonde and Nkhotakota.
  • European Union
    European Union
    The European Union (EU) sees ecosystem conservation as an opportunity to generate growth, create jobs and reduce poverty through a green economy that contributes to the EU’s development agenda. Its work in this area is guided by its commitment to global environment and climate change agreements. The EU has been a long-term strategic funding partner of Garamba, Zakouma and Odzala through the European Development Fund (EDF). The EDF facility has been complemented by €12.5 million bridge funding between the end of the 10th EDF and the start of the 11th EDF. African Parks has received €17 million under the EDF.
  • Howard G. Buffett Foundation
    Howard G. Buffett Foundation
    The Howard G. Buffett Foundation has committed over $1 billion since its inception in 1999 to catalyze transformational change to improve the world and the lives of the most impoverished and marginalized populations. We see the Foundation’s resources as the rare risk capital that can be deployed to create change in even the most difficult of circumstances. We invest our funding in three main areas: global food security; conflict mitigation; and public safety. The Foundation has been partnering with the Republic of Rwanda to address food security, mitigate conflict and invest in conservation for more than two decades.
  • Donna and Marvin Schwartz
    Donna and Marvin Schwartz
    Donna and Marvin Schwartz are extraordinary advocates for conservation and animal-related causes. They have a special interest and strong commitment to saving elephants and other large mammal species that are threatened by poaching.
  • People's Postcode Lottery
    People’s Postcode Lottery
    People’s Postcode Lottery is a charity subscription lottery open to players across Britain. Since 2005, their players have raised over £124 Million for charities and community projects across Britain and beyond. A minimum of 30% of the ticket price goes to charities as unrestricted funding. Their players are helping fantastic charities do amazing work in difficult times.
  • USAID
    U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
    USAID operates the Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE) with the aim of providing significant new financial and technical resources for the international initiative to conserve the Congo Basin Forest, the planet’s second largest tropical rainforest and its threatened biodiversity. Under this umbrella, USAID has awarded a five-year grant of almost US$10 million for the Central African Forest Ecosystems Conservation (CAFEC) in Garamba and Chinko Project Area.
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is a government agency whose mission is to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Grants were awarded to African Parks and have been applied to anti-poaching activities in Zakouma and Garamba National Park, monitoring programs in Odzala–Kokoua National Park and Sustainable Nature Management of the Chinko Project.
  • Walton Family Foundation
    Walton Family Foundation
    The Rob and Melani Walton Fund of the Walton Family Foundation has a philanthropic focus on conservation and biodiversity protection. The Foundation has supported African Parks since 2010, providing critical start-up funding for Akagera, and helped enable our work more generally. 2016 marked the second year of the most recent commitment of a US$5 million grant over five years to continue to strategically grow the African Parks portfolio with a particular emphasis on Akagera.
  • The Wildcat Foundation
    The Wildcat Foundation
    The Wildcat Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation whose purpose is to help save and provide for the long-term conservation of endangered wildlife and wild places in Africa. It believes traditional wildlife protection paradigms are inadequate to deal with today’s poaching and trafficking problems, and it seeks and supports innovative new approaches. The Wildcat Foundation has provided critical support to African Parks for law enforcement and anti-poaching efforts in Garamba, Liwonde and Nkhotakota.
  • WWF - The Netherlands
    WWF - The Netherlands
    The mission of WWF (the World Wide Fund for Nature) is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. In 2007, WWF-The Netherlands and African Parks entered into a 10 year partnership to develop the African Parks management model across Africa. Between 2014 and 2017, WWF-The Netherlands has committed €1.5 million to cover core operating costs and conservation projects in Liuwa Plain, Bangweulu Wetlands and Odzala-Kokoua. A group of five families who make up the “Odzala Circle” contributes the Odzala portion of this funding. An additional €500,000 was made available to WWF-Zambia for the same three-year period, of which two-thirds is for support of Bangweulu Wetlands.
  • The Wyss Foundation
    The Wyss Foundation
    The Wyss Foundation is a private charitable foundation dedicated to supporting innovative, lasting solutions that improve lives, empower communities, and strengthen connections to the land. The Wyss Foundation support was instrumental to lion reintroduction at Akagera in 2015 and for the elephant translocation in Malawi in 2016. The Foundation recently made a ground-breaking commitment of US$65 million to provide catalytic funding in the form of challenge grants for five new parks, as well as continued support for Liwonde, Majete and Nkhotakota (the Malawi Parks) and Akagera over the next five years.

Government Partners

Our work is only possible with the support of our Government and other local partners in each country in which we operate.

Although the approach adopted by African Parks is one of delegated management, we still remain dependent on our host Ministries, Departments, Wildlife Institutions and Traditional Authorities to serve as the link to various sectors of government to secure approvals, licences, and permits and ensure general political and societal support for our actions.

The stronger these relationships, the better the support to our activities, the more successful the project. Their statutory roles are enshrined in the agreements, and their participation is ensured through approval of park business plans and participation on the park Boards. We thank them all for the trust bestowed upon African Parks.

  • Malawi Department of National Parks and Wildlife
    Malawi Department of National Parks and Wildlife
    The DNPW is the statutory organisation in charge of national parks, wildlife reserves and sanctuaries as well as wildlife management on communal lands in Malawi. We began our work with the DNPW in Majete Wildlife Reserve in 2003 and in Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve and Liwonde National Park in 2015.
  • Zambian Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DPNW)
    Zambian Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DPNW)
    The Zambian DNPW works to protect and conserve Zambia’s wildlife estates and to improve the quality of life among communities and maintain sustainable biodiversity. We began our work with the DNPW in Liuwa Plain National Park in 2003 and in the Bangweulu Wetlands in 2008.
  • Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) - Zambia
    Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) - Zambia
    The BRE is recognised by the Zambian Government as an official administrative entity in the Barosteland region, and as such, is an essential partner in the Liuwa Plain project. His Majesty Lubosi Imwiko and the Limulunga Kuta (parliament) played an instrumental role in convincing the Zambian Government to conclude an agreement with African Parks in 2003, and have maintained an active role in guiding the project through the participation of two BRE representatives on the Liuwa Board.
  • Institute Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Institute Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
    The ICCN is the semi-autonomous government authority charged with the management of protected areas in the DRC. The mandate of the ICCN is to control and patrol these protected areas, to collect and analyse data from the field and to facilitate tourism possibilities where possible. We began our work with the ICCN in Garamba National Park in 2005.
  • Rwanda Development Board (RDB)
    Rwanda Development Board (RDB)
    The RDB is the government agency responsible for managing Rwanda’s national parks and protected areas. Its mission is to transform Rwanda into a dynamic hub for business, investment and innovation, with a mission to fast-track economic development in Rwanda by enabling private sector growth. We began our work with RDB in Akagera National Park in 2010.
  • Ministry of Forest Economy and Sustainable Development of the Republic of the Congo
    Ministry of Forest Economy and Sustainable Development of the Republic of the Congo
    The Ministry of Forest Economy and Sustainable Development has the task to execute national policy as defined by the President of the Republic of the Congo regarding sustainable development, forest economy and the environment. We began our work with this Ministry in Odzala-Kokoua National Park in 2010.
  • The Republic of Chad
    The Republic of Chad
    The Republic of Chad is African Parks’ partner in the management of Zakouma National Park. The Chadian Government, on the advice of the European Union, approached African Parks in 2010 to take on the management responsibility of Zakouma in order to put an end to the ongoing scourge of elephant poaching. The mandate agreement was signed in June 2010 and African Parks commenced management of the park and periphery in October of the same year.
  • Central African Republic Ministry of the Environment for Sustainable Development of Water, Forests, Hunting and Fishing
    Central African Republic Ministry of the Environment for Sustainable Development of Water, Forests, Hunting and Fishing
    The Ministry of the Environment for Sustainable Development of Water, Forests, Hunting and Fishing retains primary responsibility for sustainable management of forest resources, including oversight of commercial forestry operations and management of the national parks of the CAR. We began our work with the Ministry of the Environment for Sustainable Development of Water, Forests, Hunting and Fishing in Chinko in 2014.
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    The Republic of Benin
    The Presidency of the Republic of Benin entered into a long-term partnership with African Parks in May 2017 to revitalise, rehabilitate and develop Pendjari National Park, one of the largest remaining protected reserves in West and Central Africa. The revitalisation of Pendjari National Park is one of the 45 flagship projects of the "Revealing Benin" national investment programme, announced by the Presidency of the Republic of Benin in December 2016.