Prints for Wildlife is raising funds for the benefit of non-profit African Parks, who manage 22 parks in 12 African countries.
African Parks manages over 20 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 ultimately their own survival.
“The key to conservation is putting people at the heart of the solution. This is done through community programs supporting health, education, job security, and sustainable livelihoods. African Parks, and their community-first approach to conservation, is ensuring that the protected areas under their management are safe places where wildlife 'and' people can flourish. And in safe places, magical things can happen. Therefore, choosing African Parks as our partner for this campaign was a no-brainer”. - Pie Aerts & Marion Payr, Initiators Prints for Wildlife
With over 3,000 staff thousands more part-time staff, African Parks is 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.
Image: Marcus Westberg for African 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 22 parks in 12 countries, African Parks is protecting more than 20 million hectares, and 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.
“The incredible success of Prints for Wildlife came as a much needed reminder that, even in times of crisis, humanity can come together to spread hope and do good for our planet. Wildlife conservation, protecting valuable biomes and supporting communities has now found a place in the hearts and, with the stunning art of all the generous photographers, on the walls of thousands of homes across the globe. Now it’s time to support African Parks in their mission to grow to managing 30 parks by 2030.” Marion Payr (Co-founder of Prints for Wildlife)
The critical revenue from Prints for Wildlife helped sustain African Parks' impact in 2021:
- 147,685 people received healthcare in and around the parks
- 187 schools were supported and 958 scholarships were provided
- 3,788 full-time staff are under employment, of which 95% are local
- 1,328 rangers ensured safe spaces for people and wildlife
- 28.4 tonnes of illegal wildlife products were confiscated
- 13,842 elephants, 7,585 western gorillas and 2,152 chimpanzees are under protection
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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 22 national parks and protected areas covering over 20 million hectares in 12 countries: Angola, Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Sudan, Zimbabwe and Zambia. For more information visit www.africanparks.org, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook