World Elephant Day was celebrated on Sunday, 12 August, and what a celebration indeed with some good news from Zakouma National Park in Chad, a place that has had such a troubled past.
Between 2002 to 2010 approximately 4,000 elephants were killed for their ivory, and only 450 remained.
African Parks to the rescue
In 2010 African Parks assumed management of the park on behalf of the Government in Chad, where law enforcement was implemented and improved and they worked with the surrounding communities to educate on much-needed security to the region.
Today, illegal activity has drastically been reduced with only 24 elephants that have been poached in the last eight years according to records and safety has been greatly improved.
Even more great news for Zakouma National Park in Chad
There is even more exciting and encouraging news from our wildlife surveys performed in April, the elephant population has been confirmed at 559 on the last count.
Earlier in 2018, we counted 127 new calves under the age of five years old, in drastic comparison to only one in 2011.
Since 2016, this is the first time in decades that Zakouma’s elephants are on the rise.
Education and community upliftment
Not only have the elephants and other wildlife benefited from African Parks' effective park management and the efforts of their expert rangers, but Zakouma National Park has become the largest employer in the region too.
Over 1,200 children received an education in 2017, all from schools built and supported by the park. Tourism is flourishing driving critical revenue into the park, which in turn aids African Parks in being able to support the surrounding communities.
This is all thanks to you our supporters and avid safari enthusiasts.
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