Prints for Wildlife is a month-long fundraiser for African wildlife and communities that took place twice in summer 2020 and summer 2021 so far. For 100 dollars a selection of over 170+ different prints from globally renowned and emerging wildlife photographers will be available to help raise funds for the conservation non profit African Parks, to support people and wildlife in the 19 parks in 11 countries under their management. 100% of the proceeds (after printing and handling) are going to African Parks.
African Parks manages over 14.7 million hectares of globally significant wild landscapes – this is the largest area under conservation for any one NGO in Africa. Their efforts see the protection of vast ecosystems providing safe places for lions, rhinos, gorillas, elephants and other species, but their impact extends far beyond wildlife. Their work is critical in serving some of the most vulnerable communities in Africa, who rely on these safe and wild areas for their livelihoods, and for their own survival.
Image: Marcus Westberg for African Parks
Despite the challenges African Parks is facing as a result of COVID, they are also continuing in their day-to-day management of these globally significant landscapes upon which so many people and wildlife depend. With over 3,000 staff and thousands of part-time staff, African Parks continues to be the largest employer in almost every region in which they work. Through their well-managed parks, every year tens of thousands of children have access to education through schools they have built or supported and teacher salaries they fund. Families can access mobile healthcare units staffed by doctors and nurses. And, perhaps most significantly, tens of thousands of people are able to have sustainable livelihoods – directly or indirectly through the parks.
African Parks was founded in 2000 to effectively manage Africa’s national parks and protected areas through a public-private partnership model where they manage parks on behalf of Governments for the benefit of local communities. Their model is simple. They enter into on average 20-year management agreements to be fully responsible and accountable for all aspects of park management. That means protecting wildlife, providing law enforcement, supporting and investing in communities, and enacting long-term financing solutions. With 19 parks in 11 countries, they are protecting more than 14.7 million hectares, and they are working to have 30 parks under management by 2030.
African Parks' model ensures that effectively managed parks deliver a host of ecological, socio-political and economic benefits for people living in and around these landscapes. While this pandemic sweeps the continent, their role for people and wildlife is more important than ever.
"When we launched this project, we wanted to create an impact that goes beyond borders - just like this pandemic doesn't care about borders. African Parks came to our minds first, because of their involvement in some of the most vulnerable regions of Africa and their incredible track record with Governments." - Marion Payr, initiator Prints for Wildlife
African Parks' COVID Response to date:
- Provided 65,000 masks (for over 5,000 full and part-time staff and community members)
- Distributed 5,000 litres of soap, 285 litres of bleach, 223 bottles of sanitiser
- Assembled and distributed more than 630 handwashing stations
- Reached over 135,000 community members with awareness campaigns on how to prevent the spread of Covid.
African Parks’ Community Impact in the Last Year:
- 108,579 people received healthcare in and around the parks
- 105 schools were built and supported and 752 scholarships were provided
- 3,219 full-time staff of which 98% are locals were employed
- 1,064 rangers ensured safe spaces for people and wildlife
- Over 90,000 people legally live within or move through four of the 19 parks we manage
- Over half of the paying tourists that visited parks managed by African Parks were local residents of their countries
About African Parks:
African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks and protected areas in partnership with governments and local communities. African Parks manages 19 national parks and protected areas covering over 14.7 million hectares in 11 countries: Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Zambia. For more information visit , , and