Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Congo is one of Africa’s oldest national parks covering 13,500 square kilometres the heart of the Congo Basin, the second largest rainforest in the world. Around 12,000 people live in the periphery of the park and survive from the natural resources the area provides.
Our work with African Parks includes supporting their community development projects that invest in sustainable livelihoods with farming projects and capacity building activities. More than 20 forest elephants are being monitored with satellite collars to assess habitat use and range. In conjunction with this, over 70 beehives have been installed at human-wildlife confrontation hotspots, deterring elephants who regularly raid crops and providing alternative livelihoods for local communities through honey production.