There are very few places on earth quite like Chinko. This unique and bountiful landscape, comprised of both tropical rainforest and savannah plains, is home to ten species of primate, two distinct types of elephant and the iconic Lord Derby eland.
Situated in east Central African Republic, the reserve provides a rare sanctuary for wildlife in a volatile region plagued by militarised ivory poachers and excessive cattle farming. Extreme poverty has resulted in a 95% depletion of all wildlife, making this one of the most crucial conservation projects on the continent.
In our efforts to restore this incredibly important ecosystem and build an economically sustainable future, we provide law enforcement training and employment to local communities. We also deliver presentations to the surrounding schools, educating children and teachers on their relationship to the environment and their responsibility towards conservation.
The construction of headquarters and an improved 180 km road network, including 50 km of new roads, are the first steps toward meeting Chinko’s critical need for infrastructure.
Lord Derby eland are being collared to monitor movements and the impact from herdsman and poaching.
The establishment of Chinko’s first law enforcement unit, comprising of 60 rangers who underwent a grueling two-month training course.
The migration of Sudanese herdsmen with herds of around 1,000 cattle poses a huge threat to conservation as a result of their poaching activity. Through education and incentivisation we aim to promote the use of designated grazing corridors and provide non-lethal ways to protect livestock from predators.