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Odzala-Kokoua
Overview

This nirvana for nature-lovers is situated in the heart of the second largest tropical rainforest in the world, harbouring at least 444 bird species and 22,000 western lowland gorillas. Beneath the candescent canopy, a virtually unparalleled level of floral diversity creates a colourful collage in which some the planet’s rarest and most enigmatic species can be found.

 

With only 106 eco-guards patrolling 13,500 km², ivory and bushmeat poaching remains a constant threat. African Parks, in partnership with the Congolese government, are working hard to protect the delicate ecological balance and reverse the negative perception of local communities towards the park’s natural value.

 

We have recruited, trained and deployed many new rangers to monitor the salt licks where animals congregate. This not only deters poaching but habituates wildlife to human presence, boosting the park’s tourism appeal.

Highlights

 

  • 56 firearms have been confiscated through the audacious “poacher to protector” programme. This initiative gives poachers an opportunity to become park rangers in exchange for weapons and information.
  • Wildlife populations are showing signs of recovery, particularly the forest elephants.
  • We’ve created over 100 jobs in park management and allocated 5% of all commercial tourism revenue towards a community fund that oversees infrastructure projects.

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On The Horizon

 

We aim to increase tourism and provide new income streams for local residents. Following formal training from agricultural experts, communities planted 40,000 cocoa seedlings outside the National Park in rehabilitated cocoa fields.

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