Instagram – August 24th, 2018

We thought we’d finish this week with some amazing and incredibly positive news from our friends @africanparksnetworks

From award-winning rangers that protect some of the continent’s most vulnerable locations, to wildlife rehabilitations and an increase in the number of wilderness areas in their care, it’s been an outstanding year so far for African Parks.

So, from us at Empowers, thank you for everything you do, for keeping us positive and sharing your incredible work to keep us inspired. Truly, a shining light. We look forward to seeing what the coming months hold! 🙏🏼 #Repost @africanparksnetwork with @get_repost
Today we wanted to share some of our top #goodnews stories from the year so far, and thank all of you for making it possible! ⠀
1. Six endangered black rhinos were reintroduced to @zakouma_national_park in Chad in May. This historic conservation initiative saw the species restored to the park for the first time in almost 50 years.
2. @garamba_national_park, which is often referred to as ground-zero in the elephant poaching wars, has seen a significant reduction in illegal activity – down 50% last year and only two known elephants poached so far in 2018. Garamba also commemorated its 80th anniversary in May, as one of Africa’s oldest national parks. ⠀
3. The number of parks under our management increased to 15 this year with the addition of Mangochi Forest Reserve in Malawi, making us one step closer to achieving our goal of 20 parks by 2020.⠀
4. A record number of elephant calves were documented in Zakouma in Chad this year. Zakouma’s elephant population has been on the rise for the first time in decades since 2016; and since we assumed management of the park in 2010 with the Chadian Government, we’ve practically halted poaching. This year we counted 127 claves, in 2011, we counted just one.⠀
5. Four of our Rangers were honoured by the and #ParadiseFoundation at the inaugural African Ranger Awards in August. These Rangers represent our 1000 strong team who are securing a future for Africa’s wildlife.
Photo by @kyledenobrega