Rainforest south of Korup National Park, Cameroon

Protecting Africa’s rich natural heritage

Our African partners fight the good fight in often dangerous environments. They need your support to continue their vital work.

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There is much more to Africa than the savannas of the Serengeti with their vast herds of wildlife. Africa is also a continent of rainforests that literally have it all: Bonobos, one of the four species of great apes, can be found only in the jungle south of the mighty Congo River. Their cousins – the gorillas, which only live in a handful of countries – are also iconic. These forests, like their inhabitants the silverbacks, are heavyweights in biodiversity and their importance for climate protection.

African cultural diversity is just as rich as nature: The continent is the cradle of humankind, and more than 150 Indigenous peoples live in the Congo Basin alone.

Vast swathes of African forest are still intact, but areas are being lost at an alarming rate. Plantation companies are spreading across the continent, and a wave of oil and gas projects is also rolling in.

Our partners are doing everything in their power to preserve the natural wealth of the rainforests and the livelihoods of millions of forest dwellers.

Your donation for our work in Africa supports these projects and others:

Female Eco-Guards patrol Grebo-Krahn National Park in Liberia

Liberia’s guardians of the jungle

West Africa’s chimpanzees are our closest relatives – but that has not stopped humans from pushing them to the brink of extinction. To save them, we work to preserve their habitat together with the conservationists of the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation and local community activists.

Ekuri people protesting the "superhighway" project

Support for environmental activists in Nigeria

Eco-Guards protect the habitat of gorillas, mandrills, chimpanzees and many other primates at Afi Mountain. Martins Egot of our partner organization Devcon is training rangers in ever more villages.

Eastern lowland gorilla in Kahuzi-Biega National Park

Congo-Kinshasa: The Batwa people and the gorillas

The Kahuzi-Biega National Park region is home to the Indigenous Batwa people and habitat of critically endangered gorillas. The Batwa once lived in and with the forests, but were displaced by ‘fortress conservation’ measures. CAMV is an organization that has been working for many years to reconcile Indigenous rights and rainforest conservation, because the preservation of nature cannot succeed without the support of local communities.

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