Updated: Dec 17, 2019
Dec 16, 2019
Our trip to the Serengeti earlier this year made us fall in love with Africa and its wildlife. It was incredible to watch these majestic animals live their lives wild and free. It also made us realize that nature is cruel enough without humans creating additional treat to the animal's ecosystem, through poaching and the climate crisis. So we were thrilled to learn about an organization called African Parks.
African Parks is a NGO, non-profit conservation organization. They currently protect 16 national parks and protected areas spanning 10 countries. According to their website, "African Parks utilises a clear business approach to conserving Africa’s wildlife and remaining wild areas, securing vast landscapes and carrying out the necessary activities needed to protect the parks and their wildlife." They operate under five pillars: law enforcement, community development, management and infrastructure, biodiversity conservation, and tourism.
What we really like about their strategy is their focus on community engagement. Having rangers scare off poachers is merely a band aid, because at the end of the day, one of the reasons they poach is to feed their families. The root of the problem is economic development and poverty alleviation which is a focus for African Parks.
Here's a wonderful feature of the organization by National Geographic:
In support of African Parks, all proceeds from December sales will be donated to this amazing organization.
*Fun Fact* Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, is a patron!