Greater Zakouma Ecosystem covers an expansive of 30,693 km2, of which 7,692 km2 includes Zakouma National Park and Siniaka Mania Faunal Reserve. Both are protected ecosystems, situated just south of the Sahara Desert and above the fertile rainforest regions, comprises critical conservation areas for key species in Central Africa.
Within two years, African parks halted elephant poaching. Today the population is on the rise, with new-born calves observed from mid-2013 onwards and the community now exceeds 550 individuals. Satellite collars are fitted to elephant herds, allowing the park management team to monitor and deploy field patrols accordingly.
Other species are increasing in number, including the Kordofan giraffe, roan antelope and Lelwel’s hartebeest. The park’s buffalo population, numbers over 10,000 today.
In 2018, with a partnership between the governments of Chad and the South Africa enabled African Parks to translocate a founding population of six black rhinos after almost half a century of its absence.