Chinko Wildlife Refuge Central African Republic

Chinko Wildlife Refuge, deep within the Central African Republic, is a relatively undiscovered area spanning 17,600 square kilometres. Wildlife is spectacularly diverse here due to the collision of tropical forest and a vast expanse of savannah. Chinko is lucky enough to be one the largest ecosystems in central Africa despite years of poaching, herdsmen and cattle moving through the area. A plethora of species survive well in Chinko including a large population of chimpanzees, many carnivore and felid species, and at least 400 species of bird.

The benefits of African Parks on Chinko Wildlife Refuge

  • African Parks has provided benefits in terms of education, employment and healthcare to an otherwise marginal community with little or no infrastructure, employment health services or education
  • African Parks began a 50-year management agreement with local governments in 2014
  • Chinko is a major local employer with more than 400 local people employed meaning it is the largest taxpayer in the Eastern CAR
  • African Parks has rigorously trained 64 rangers which will make up Chinko's first law enforcement unit
  • Wildlife is being seen more frequently due to the threat free core protection zone of 10,000 sq km that has been secured by the committed ranger team
  • Herdsmen are being positively encouraged to deviate from the Chinko area via routes established and communicated by the dedicated ranger team
  • Chinko's infrastructure is starting to develop with the construction of a headquarters and an improved 180km road network, including 50km of new roads. Funds have also been made available to build the first secondary school in Bakouma, the closest town to Chinko
  • Medical equipment has been delivered to the hospital in Bakouma, making health services more widely available for local communities
  • 11 Separate herds of Ester Giant Eland have been documented. Many have been collared and over 150 individual animals have been counted in one herd
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