African Parks assumed management of Pendjari National Park, in Benin, in 2017 in order to restore Pendjari as a thriving wildlife destination.
African Parks assumed management of Pendjari National Park, Benin, in 2017 to revitalise the last large reserve in west and central Africa, and create a thriving wildlife destination. The park, with an area of 4,800 km2, is part of the W-Arly-Pendjari (WAP) complex which spans Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger, and is the largest remaining intact natural ecosystem in the whole of West Africa.
Pendjari is home to iconic species including elephant, cheetah, lion, buffalo, antelope and a host of other wildlife. including a rich diversity of small mammals, fish species, and important birdlife. Pendjari is one of the last strongholds for elephants in West Africa, although poaching has been on the rise since 2010 and is key threat for the species.
Along with elephant poaching, bushmeat poaching, agricultural pressure along the park periphery, rising livestock numbers, illegal logging, and intensification of illegal fishing are all factors that threaten the stability and sustianabilty of the park and the region. However, the Pendjari Complex has a relatively healthy ecosystem in which effective management will ensure the conservation of biodiversity and the coexistence of humans and their environment.