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 Instagram Image by AfricanParksNetwork (@africanparksnetwork) with caption : "JOIN US: To all our friends in New York, come and experience the story of African Parks first hand at the ‘Sketch for Su" at The Explorers Club - 1911683673653785555
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JOIN US: To all our friends in New York, come and experience the story of African Parks first hand at the ‘Sketch for Survival’ exhibition taking place at The Explorers Club this Wednesday, November 14. Our Chief Marketing Officer, Andrea Heydlauff, will be sharing the extraordinary story of Garamba National Park in the DRC; one of Africa’s oldest national parks and a World Heritage Site, that is the last stronghold for the largest population of elephants and the last remaining Kordofan giraffe in the DRC. For over 15 years, Andrea has written and co-authored numerous scientific and popular publications on conservation, has spoken widely at conferences and is an award-winning filmmaker; and has focused on human dimensions, community engagement, education, media and creative storytelling. Join Andrea as she explains how we plan to save the endangered species that call Garamba National Park home. We would love to meet and connect with our supporters in New York, so we hope to see you there! Please click the link in our bio to secure your place at the event as space is limited. Photo: @lifethroughalensphotography @aheydlauff @the_explorers_club @realafrica @garamba_national_park

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News outlets are reporting today, that China has postponed the lifting of the ban on the trade of tiger and rhino parts for medicinal and other uses. Over a week ago it was announced that China would allow trading in products made from farmed tigers and rhinos under "special circumstances", reversing a previous ban that was established in 1993 amid a global push to protect fast-disappearing endangered species. There was concern that overturning the ban could make it easier for poachers and smugglers who are dealing in the illegal trade, to hide behind a legalised one. However, China announced today that lifting the ban has now been postponed, further reiterating that the old bans would continue to be enforced and that Illegal acts will be dealt with severely. To read the full article, please click the link in our bio. 🥄 @liwonde_national_park

Meet our Shoebill Guardians: local fisherman from Bangweulu Wetlands who are the protectors of the park’s rare and wonderfully prehistoric-looking shoebill storks. Bangweulu Wetlands in northeast Zambia are filled with shimmering lagoons and an intricate network of tranquil waterways. Tucked deep away in a maze of islands, you’ll find one of the park’s most iconic species - the shoebill. Shoebills, named for their massive bills that look almost clog-like, are quirky giant storks that are endemic to Africa and live only in remote marshy places. The IUCN classify the birds as vulnerable to extinction, as they survive in only a handful of countries. Bangweulu is home to 100-or-so Shoebills, making this Africa’s second-most important population. Demand from poachers for their eggs and chicks – which can fetch up to $10,000 - is placing considerable pressure on a diminishing wild population. However, in Bangweulu, dedicated locals have banded together to protect the birds and their nests to stop the trade at the source, and are known as “Shoebill Guards ”. These fishermen track and monitor the park’s shoebill nests to see if eggs have been laid and to keep watch for signs of human disturbance. And their vigilance is paying off. Since 2012 when we first began the program, 25 chicks successfully fledged from 21 guarded nests. Six chicks that were stolen from nests have also been rescued from captivity and rehabilitated, and released back into the wild. This success has led African Parks to expand the program from an initial nine guards hired in 2012 to 12 today; and over the next few years, we aim to hire a team of 20 guards to cover the 2,317 square miles of wetlands. And it’s not just shoebills that local people are helping to protect; these communities play a critical role in all the conservation work carried out at Bangweulu. Their futures are entwined, dependent on the birds’ survival in this incredible landscape where water meets the sky. If you would like to thank these incredible communities, please leave a message in the comments below – or show your support for their work by donating via the link in our bio. Photo: @morgan_trimble

 Instagram Image by AfricanParksNetwork (@africanparksnetwork) with caption : "“Sketch for Survival” is helping bring working dogs to Garamba National Park’s in the DRC. Garamba is one of Africa's ol" at Garamba National Park - 1908434442244799857

“Sketch for Survival” is helping bring working dogs to Garamba National Park’s in the DRC. Garamba is one of Africa's oldest and ecologically significant parks that sadly has also been one of the hardest hit by elephant poaching. Once home to over 22,000 elephants in the 70’s, today only around 1,200 remain. But, our revised law enforcement strategy enacted in 2016 has already seen a reduction of elephants poached by 50% in 2017, and in 2018 only two known elephants have been killed. A canine unit will help better equip Garamba’s teams to address the threats they are facing more effectively and provide needed protection to all the wildlife living in the park. Sketch for Survival is a fundraising initiative, made possible by Explorers against Extinction, that aims to raise awareness about the plight of poaching, and they have asked celebrities and artists to spend 26 minutes on a sketch of an endangered species for their touring exhibition. The 2018 Sketch for Survival collection has over four hundred artworks from artists in more than thirty different countries. A portion of the profits from the online auction of artwork will go to support our conservation work in Garamba and help in funding a needed K9 unit for the park. To learn more about this initiative, the artists sketching a future for Garamba’s elephants, and how you can help, please visit the link in our bio. 📷 @lifethroughalensphotography

 Instagram Image by AfricanParksNetwork (@africanparksnetwork) with caption : "One of the first cheetahs to be reintroduced to @liwonde_national_park in Malawi has been successfully fitted with a tra" at Liwonde National Park - 1907442860888435002

One of the first cheetahs to be reintroduced to @liwonde_national_park in Malawi has been successfully fitted with a tracking collar. Known as CM2, this seven year old male was one of four cheetahs who were reintroduced to Liwonde in May 2017, after a 100-year absence in the park, and a 20-year absence in the country. Since their reintroduction last year, the population has since tripled! An experienced team of conservation experts and wildlife vets safely darted this male in order to fit the collar which will allow us to track his movements via satellite. Through collaring individual animals, important detailed information can be gathered such as home range sizes, habitat use and preferences, spatial movements compared to other predators and also associations among the existing cheetah population, and overall survival. Within an hour of being darted he was back on his feet, exploring the flood plains of the park. With the reintroduction of lions to Liwonde earlier this year, Liwonde is quickly emerging as a bright spot for big cat conservation and for tourism in Malawi, thanks to support from our partners including the Malawi Government, the Dutch Government, @endangeredwildlifetrust , @lionrecovery and the @leonardodicapriofdn

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Regrettably, we have further bad news to report from Chad. An additional two black rhino carcasses were discovered in Zakouma National Park this week, bringing the total mortalities to four, of the six that were reintroduced in May this year. We can confirm that none of these rhinos were poached and we are taking all actions to determine what may have resulted in their deaths. On the advice of a team of veterinarians experienced in working with black rhinos, the remaining two animals are being recaptured and placed in holding facilities in order to facilitate closer management; and a SANParks veterinarian was dispatched to Zakouma National Park to assist with the process, and one rhino has already been recaptured and is doing well in their enclosure. Post-mortems have been conducted and various samples of blood, tissue and fecal matter were sent to specialist pathology laboratories in South Africa. Histopathological results so far have indicated that infectious diseases or plant toxicity are not the cause of death. Serological evidence has however indicated exposure to trypanosomes, a blood borne parasite transmitted by tsetse flies, but at this stage this is not suspected to be the cause of the mortalities. Low fat reserves do suggest however that maladaptation by the rhinos to their new environment is the likely underlying cause, although tests to be undertaken on brain and spinal fluid may shed additional light on the exact cause of deaths. Collaboration among the Governments of the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Chad, including SANParks and African Parks remains active as efforts continue to be made to establish clarity around the exact cause of deaths of the four rhinos, and to safeguard the remaining two animals. Please see the link in our bio for the full, joint statement.

Liuwa’s vast open plains are home to the second largest wildebeest migration in Africa. With over 40,000 wildebeest, a plethora of water birds, and apex predators including hyenas, cheetahs, and @liuwaplainnationalpark’s famous lions, Liuwa offers an unparalleled sense of space and wilderness, that epitomises wild Africa. Liuwa’s wildlife also shares this landscape with over 15,000 community members who live inside the park and who are the custodians of the reserve and its wildlife. Liuwa has emerged as a popular tourism destination as visitors can witness spectacular wildlife, without the crowds, and as a result it has recently been selected as one of the top 52 destinations to visit in 2018 by the @nytimes, and the King Lewanika Lodge made Travel + Leisure’s hotel “It List” for 2018. Tourism is an essential component in the long-term management of national parks as it creates tangible economic benefits for the local communities who live there, and helps sustain the park’s conservation efforts. Find out more about visiting this extraordinary park by clicking the link in our bio. Photo: @willbl

Big cat sighting: An inquisitive leopard was recently caught on camera in @akagerapark in Rwanda. Did you know that since African Parks assumed management of Akagera, in partnership with the Rwanda Development Board in 2010, large mammal numbers have increased from 4,000 to over 13,500? Here are five more inspiring things you may not know about Akagera since African Parks assumed management of the park: 1. Visitor numbers have increased from 12,000 a year to 36,000 – half of which are Rwandan nationals 2. Over 5,000 school children visit the park each year 3. A single community cooperative earns over $100,000 per year from providing guiding services to tourists 4. Full time employment levels have increased from 18 people in 2010 to 230 today 5. Park income has risen ten-fold from $200,000 in 2010, and this year we anticipate breaking the $2 million mark! These are the results African Parks can achieve when we take on the direct responsibility for the long-term management of national parks and protected areas in partnership with government and communities. The benefits of well-managed protected areas go well beyond wildlife with direct links to mitigating climate change, creating sustainable development and providing improved security for both people and wildlife. If you would like to make a donation to support parks like Akagera and our efforts to protect these areas for people and wildlife alike, please click the link in our bio. 🎥 @drewbantlin

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In an unprecedented move, the Wyss Campaign for Nature has committed $1 billion to help protect 30% of the planet by 2030! “I will give this sum over the next decade to help accelerate land and ocean conservation around the world,” said Mr Hansjörg Wyss, philanthropist and Board Member of African Parks, in his New York Times OpEd published yesterday. With plant and animal species disappearing at a rate 1,000 times faster than they were before humans arrived on the scene, this momentous commitment offers the planet a much-needed lifeline – and hopefully inspired others to follow. Mr Wyss continued, “For the sake of all living things, let’s see to it that far more of our planet is protected by the people, for the people and for all time”. Thank you Mr Hansjörg Wyss and Wyss Campaign for your extraordinary commitment to nature, and to humanity. Read the full OpEd by clicking the link in our bio.

 Instagram Image by AfricanParksNetwork (@africanparksnetwork) with caption : "Mozambique’s first female sea-faring rangers have started their training at Bazaruto Archipelago National Park in Mozamb" at Bazaruto Archipelago National Marine Park - 1902351637928519487

Mozambique’s first female sea-faring rangers have started their training at Bazaruto Archipelago National Park in Mozambique. After a tough selection process, 18 women were selected to undergo training that will help them become the protectors of this extraordinary park. This is the first time in Bazaruto’s history that more than 50% of the participants in Ranger training are women. They will undergo eight long weeks of intense training, in challenging conditions within this island seascape. This is a wonderful and critical step in building a needed ranger unit, made up of Mozambican nationals, who are protecting their own natural heritage. Bazaruto is home to the rare and elusive dugong along with other iconic species including dolphins, whales, sharks and turtles. However, the park’s biodiversity is under threat due to unsustainable resource utilisation, mainly due to overfishing. Our rangers are essential for protecting this seascape while also ensuring that the local communities who live there benefit from the park’s existence. If you’d like to send a message of support to this group of new female ranger recruits in Bazaruto, please do so in the comments section, as we will be sharing your words of encouragement with them along their own journey of becoming the parks protectors.

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China has announced the reversal of a long-standing ban on trading endangered tiger and rhino products. The @nytimes reports that China will allow trading in products made from farmed tigers and rhinos under "special circumstances", reversing a previous ban that was established in 1993 amid a global push to protect fast-disappearing endangered species. Tiger bone and rhino horn are used in traditional Chinese medicine, despite a lack of evidence of their effectiveness in treating illness - and the negative effect this use has on wild populations of these threatened species. Conservationists are deeply concerned that the move to overturn the ban would allow poachers and smugglers to hide behind any legalised trade. Wild tiger and rhino populations are already at such low levels, with fewer than 4,000 tigers and 30,000 rhinos remaining in the wild today. Click the link in our bio to read the full story. Photo: @frankweitzer

 Instagram Image by AfricanParksNetwork (@africanparksnetwork) with caption : "A rare pangolin has found sanctuary in Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi, thanks to local community members who live adj" at Majete Game Reserve - 1900866430973011752
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A rare pangolin has found sanctuary in Majete Wildlife Reserve in Malawi, thanks to local community members who live adjacent to the park. This little pangolin was found by a group of young cattle herders in Pende Village, south of Majete, and was brought to the village Headman who carefully transported it to a village close to Majete. The Headman from this village contacted Majete staff to come and collect the pangolin and release it into the reserve - where it is now under our Rangers’ protection. Earlier this year, another pangolin was also brought to the reserve by one of the local Chiefs and released into the wider park. Community engagement has been a core pillar of our work since we assumed management of Majete in 2003, in partnership with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife. We are grateful to these communities for their ongoing support, and in these particular cases these are helping to protect a severely threatened species. Approximately 300 pangolins are poached every single day, making these unusual animals the most illegally trafficked animals in the world! Also known as “scaly anteaters”, pangolins are found throughout Asia and Africa, but their numbers are dwindling as a result of poaching for their scales the international illegal wildlife trade. Considering the immense pressure on pangolins it is extremely encouraging to see the collective support Majete and its wildlife has received from the villages surrounding the reserve.