Gonarezhou National Park Project (Zimbabwe)
The Wyss Foundation is providing $789,000 to the Gonarezhou Conservation Trust to ensure that the 1.3 million acre Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe is managed to safeguard the park’s diverse natural values, including one of the highest densities of African elephants in the world. Between 10,000 and 12,000 elephants are estimated to live in the Gonarezhou National Park, but the demand for ivory is driving a poaching crisis in many national parks in Zimbabwe and elsewhere in Africa, putting wildlife populations at risk. Over the past decade, poaching has contributed to an estimated 20% decline in African elephant populations. This grant to the Gonarezhou Conservation Trust, a partnership between the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and the Frankfurt Zoological Society, will provide resources to bolster anti-poaching efforts and will enable the park to ultimately provide long-term economic benefits to local communities.