Duke of Sussex's African Parks is Expanding into Zimbabwe
Prince Harry serves as the President of African Parks, a non-profit conservation organisation that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in Africa in partnership with governments and local communities.The organisation has just taken responsibility for the next 20 years to restore, develop and manage Matusadonha National Park in Zimbabwe. The park contains a unique collection of habitats that provide refuge for a variety of mammal species and birds. At one point the park supported the highest density of lion in Africa and was a stronghold for both African elephant and black rhino. Poaching has significantly decreased these species.
According to African Parks web site, Matusadonha National Park holds the potential to become a leading safari tourism destination offering exceptional game viewing from both land and from lake Kariba, creating much needed revenue for surrounding communities.
African Parks currently manage 16 national parks and protected areas in 10 countries covering almost 11 million hectares: Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Zambia and now Zimbabwe.
This service is invaluable with many African countries struggling financially to meet the needs of their citizens. Charities like African Parks are able to provide conservation management of the land, revenue increases, and community development opportunities for the local people and their children.