This was not always the case. When the Akagera Management Company first took over the management of the park in 2010, an understaffed scout force and lack of resources posed a major challenge to the protection of the park.
Law enforcement was overhauled in collaboration with our partners and the result was a greatly strengthened team under the leadership of a new head and deputy head of law enforcement.
Securing the Park for the Long-term
The efforts of our rangers resulted in a significant number of arrests and thousands of snares being removed during the years – both of which can be directly attributed to intensified patrol coverage and a more motivated team. In the following years, the number of arrests and snares collected declined, along with a significant drop in the number of animals poached, indicating that the intensified efforts have produced positive results.