Zakouma National Park is managed in partnership between African Parks and the Chadian government. The Chadian government and 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 the October of the same year.
The European Union (EU) is a strategic funding partner in Garamba, Zakouma and Odzala. The EU committed €6.9 million towards Zakouma National Park from 2011– 2015, under the 10th EDF (European Development Fund). In addition, African Parks obtained a funding facility of €12.5 million in 2014 in bridge financing for the three francophone parks, to bridge the gap between the 10th and 11th EDF. The EU is the major funder of the park.
The U.S. Fish and 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 Parks, monitoring programs in Odzala–Kokoua National Park and Sustainable Nature Management of the Chinko Project.