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Current Funders

African Parks would like to thank all our funders for supporting our work. Our conservation progress would not be possible without the funding support we receive from Governments, multi-lateral institutions, conservation organisations, family foundations and individuals. We would like to thank our strategic partners for enabling us to make substantial and long-term impact on wildlife conservation in Africa. Their donations have been critical in helping us accomplish what we have to date, and make it possible to implement continuous management plans and conservation strategies making our work sustainable for the road ahead.


These funders constitute our core funding partners at either an institutional or a park level. They commit to African Parks on a multi-year basis and are contributing an annual amount of US$500,000 or more to African Parks.

fentener van vlissingen family

The late Paul Fentener van Vlissingen provided the bulk of the initial funding that established African Parks in 2003. In 2010 Alicia and Tannetta Fentener van Vlissingen committed a further €25 million to the African Parks Endowment Fund in accordance with their father’s final wishes. Income from this fund is earmarked for African Parks’ overhead costs, allowing new donor contributions to be allocated directly to the parks. 


stichting african parks foundation

Stichting African Parks Foundation (SAPF), a charitable foundation established in the Netherlands with initial funding from Paul Fentener van Vlissingen, is the proprietary funding body of African Parks.



The European Union is an economic and political partnership between 27 countries. The EU is our strategic funding partner in Garamba, Zakouma and Odzala. The EU committed €5 million towards Garamba National Park in the DRC over the period 2009 - 2013 which equates to an annual contribution of €1.25 million. It further committed €6.9 million towards Zakouma National Park in Chad over the period 2011 - 2015 which equates to an annual contribution of €1.38 million and €5 million towards Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Republic of Congo over the period 2012 - 2017 which equates to an annual contribution of €1 million.

Dutch Postcode Lottery

The Dutch Postcode Lottery is a Netherlands charitable lottery that supports 92 charity organisations worldwide. Since 2010, the Dutch Postcode Lottery has contributed €5.1 million to African Parks. Most of the funding has been portfolio funding, not ear-marked for any specific project, allowing African Parks to allocate it where it is needed most. € 890,000 constituted an extra donation towards the funding of Rapid Response Units for Zakouma, Odzala and Garamba.



The mission of WWF (the World Wide Fund for Nature) is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. In 2007, WWF The Netherlands entered into a 10 year partnership with African Parks to develop the African Parks management model across Africa. The first phase of funding under this partnership ended on 30 June 2011, the second phase (with a financial commitment of €2 million for 3 years) ended in June 2014. As per July 2014 the last phase started with a € 1.5 mln commitment of WWF The Netherlands for 3 years to Liuwa Plain National Park, Bangweulu Wetlands and Odzala National Park. A group of five families called the "Odzala Circle” contribute the Odzala portion of this funding. 


The Adessium Foundation is a grant-making foundation working towards the benefit of nature and society. Its mission is to contribute to a balanced society characterised by integrity, justice, and a balance between people and nature. Adessium has played a noteworthy role in funding new project development, special projects and unanticipated events across the African Parks portfolio and provided €1.05 million to African Parks Portfolio Fund for this purpose between 2010 and 2013. Adessium renewed its commitment to African Parks from 2013 - 2015 for an amount of €1.02 million. Adessium has also been a strategic funding partner to Liuwa Plain National Park from 2008 to 2013. In 2014 Adessium extended its commitment to African Parks, committing € 900,000 for 2014-2017 to scale up our impact and to fight poaching.

RAPAC - Réseau des Aires Protégées d'Afrique Centrale

Réseau des Aires Protégées d'Afrique Centrale (Rapac) is a regional institution supported by the European Union, which manages protected areas and the development of natural resources in Central Africa. It aims to promote professional governance, harmonisation of policies and management tools. Rapac has been a strategic funding partner for Odzala and Garamba since 2011 with a total contribution of €1.9 million.


The Global Environment Facility (GEF) was established in 1991 by the World Bank as a US$1 billion pilot programme to provide grants to developing countries to fund projects that benefit the environment and promote sustainable livelihoods. On behalf of the GEF, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) provided a grant of US$7 million to the Democratic Republic of Congo, part of which is to support the rehabilitation of Garamba National Park. This support provided funding for US$2.1 million to Garamba over the period 2011-2013. 

Walton Family Foundation

The Walton Family Foundation (WFF) is a philanthropic organisation with a strong focus on conservation and biodiversity protection. Samuel Robson "Rob” Walton, son of WFF founders Sam and Helen Walton, is a keen supporter of African Parks and was one of the founding donors, committing US$5 million over a five year period (2003 – 2007), through the Walton Family Foundation.  The Walton Family Foundation committed to support the development of Akagera National Park in Rwanda with funding of US$2.5 million over the five year period 2010 – 2014. In 2013, US$500,000 was provided to Akagera as a contribution to the core operating and capital expenditure of the park.

US Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a government agency whose mission is to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Three grants were awarded to African Parks in 2013 and have been applied to anti-poaching activities in Zakouma and Garamba National Parks as well as monitoring programs in Odzala–Kokoua National Park. 


We deeply appreciate the organisations and individuals who made significant contributions to African Parks in 2014. 

Donations in kind

  • Bowman Gilfillan 
  • Clifford Chance (Amsterdam)
  • International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) 
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Wildlife Conservation Society