Based in Southern Africa, ITSENG feels strongly about protecting our precious wildlife. Our Wildlife is a huge attraction for people from all corners of the globe and brings thousands of travellers to our shores each year. Our Wildlife is rapidly declining and we support those that are really making a difference to save our wildlife for future Generations.
African Parks is a non-profit conservation organization that takes on direct responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of protected areas in partnership with governments and local communities. Wildlife across Africa are under siege, whether elephants for their ivory, rhinos for their horns, or bushmeat for local consumption. African elephants number around 350,000 down from 10 million just over a hundred years ago, and fewer than 25,000 rhinos are left on the continent. Wildlife habitats, such as forests, woodlands, savannahs and wetlands are under enormous pressure and are almost entirely restricted to Africa’s national parks, due to being converted at an alarming rate for the increasing demands of an increasing human population. Africa’s ecosystems and biomes are under tremendous strain and they urgently need to be conserved before they collapse, and are lost forever.
African Parks wildlife conservation approach combines habitat management, wildlife reintroductions and translocations, monitoring programs, as well as relevant research to inform conservation actions. Often the parks require total rehabilitation including the reintroduction of wildlife that has become locally extinct for a variety of reasons. Where necessary, we secure park boundaries through fencing, mitigate conflict, and most importantly we implement stringent law enforcement and anti-poaching practices to alleviate the key threats and provide for safe, secure areas in which wildlife can thrive.
In 2016, we conducted nine wildlife surveys in eight parks, collared and tracked 175 animals representing nine species: elephant, rhino, lion, cheetah, giraffe, eland, buffalo, hyaena and the shoebill. In 2017 we brought rhinos back to Akagera, in Rwanda, cheetahs back to Liwonde in Malawi, and will have completed the historic translocation of 500 elephants to Nkhotakota also in Malawi. We documented 80 new elephant calves in Zakouma, in Chad where we have practically eliminated poaching, and the population surpassed 500 individuals, which is the first increase recorded in over a decade.
All of this is done with the aim of preserving ecosystems and naturally occurring ecological processes, resulting in healthy watersheds, clean air, carbon sequestration, food security and overall better health for wildlife and people.
TRANSLOCATIONS AND REINTRODUCTIONS
Translocations are a valuable, resource-intensive conservation management strategy that can be applied to protected areas to actively reduce the risk of species extinction by broadening their range, increasing their numbers, or establishing entirely new populations. African Parks has carried out numerous successful.
Translocations are a valuable, resource-intensive conservation management strategy that can be applied to protected areas to actively reduce the risk of species extinction by broadening their range, increasing their numbers, or establishing entirely new populations. African Parks has carried out numerous successful translocations, most recently the movement of 500 elephants from Liwonde and Majete to Nkhotakota, of which all three parks are under the management of African Parks and within Malawi. We also have carried out several reintroductions to establish a healthy, genetically diverse, self-sustaining population to an area where it has been extirpated. In May 2017, we returned 18 eastern black rhinoceroses to Akagera in Rwanda after the last individual was documented in the country in 2007. These methods can prove to be very successful once the parks key threats have been resolved which typically means effective law enforcement to ensure the safety of the park and it wild inhabitants. Both Majete in Malawi, and Akagera have achieved Big Five status under our management due to translocations and reintroductions.
When you donate to African Parks, because of their endowment and the generosity of our boards, 100% of your support goes directly to the parks where you are helping us bring species back to their former ranges, and helping us to create safe areas for them to breed, and thrive.