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ABOUT NATIONAL PARK RESCUE

Find out about National Park Rescue, the organisation's current rescue operation, it's main contacts and some Q&As about how we operate

WHAT DO WE DO?

With 60% of the planet's wildlife wiped out in 50 years, and many species facing imminent extinction, traditional conservation efforts have indisputably failed. The world now has a 10 year window to finally give wildlife the protection it deserves. National Park Rescue saves African National Parks on the brink of collapse using no-nonsense direct-action operations to restore effective law enforcement, shut down corruption and reconnect the surrounding communities key to a park's long term survival.



We urgently need to expand our successful operations to rescue more dying national parks, directly impacting the Species Extinction which - along with Global Warming - are the twenty-first century's greatest challenges.  But we can't do this without your backing.The future survival of wildlife lies not with wildlife charities but with you: the donors. YOU hold the power to send your money to effective or ineffective operators; to those protecting dying frontline national parks or low-risk reserves; to highly-organised direct-action teams, or office-based NGO teams. As donors, these and other choices are your power and the choices you make will determine the survival of the planet's last elephants, rhinos, lions and other species on the brink of extinction.


We are not a funder or intermediary; we are a frontline operator directly saving wildlife on the frontlines in Africa.  As such, every dollar send us DIRECTLY funds the survival of elephants, rhinos, lions and other wildlife, which would otherwise be slaughtered at the hands of violent poachers.  Tragically, whilst well meaning, the mega-charities continue to pour billions of valuable donor dollars into naive, academic-led programs across the continent, while species spiral toward extinction.  Instead of creating robust security for wildlife, the industry continues to waste urgently-needed funds on five-star conferences; endless reports; the naive training of corrupt rangers; corruption-fuelling allowance-systems; luxury travel and accommodation; prestigious national and international offices; and networks of overpaid, ineffective managers. The massive annual cost of this 'industry' is taken from your donations to save wildlife, leaving very little to reach the rangers actually saving wildlife.

National Park Rescue is part of a small group of organisations disrupting the status quo and creating big results on small budgets by doing things differently.


Not always. Wildlife needs a level of security proportional to the threat. There are two main categories of poacher: unarmed ‘subsistence poachers’ who typically deploy snares targeting smaller animals such as antelopes, potentially motivated to break the law because of poverty. The second type is armed ‘high-value’ or ‘professional poachers’, who could be part of terrorist groups using ivory to fund terror, or part of criminal wildlife trafficking networks. Professional poachers are often well-funded, equipped and trained and ready to shoot anyone who stands between them and their target (typically elephants or rhinos). Professional poachers are a lethal threat to rangers and African communities alike. Frontline national parks which have lost huge numbers of wildlife to professional poachers have suffered a breakdown of effective security, potentially through a lack of resources, corruption, incompetence or other reasons. The rapid restoration of effective security is critical to the survival of wildlife in these national parks. In non-frontline protected areas where wildlife is largely lost to snaring by subsistence poachers, a range of passive, academic-led solutions can be effective, but the two should not be confused. National Park Rescue only assists frontline parks suffering the severe impacts of professional poaching.

With 60% of the planet’s wildlife wiped out in 50 years, and many species facing imminent extinction, traditional conservation efforts have indisputably failed. The world now has a 10 year window to finally give wildlife the protection it deserves. National Park Rescue saves African National Parks on the brink of collapse using no-nonsense direct action operations to restore effective law enforcement, shut down corruption and reconnect the surrounding communities key to a park’s long term survival.

LATEST RESCUE OPERATION: LIVE

OPERATION CK: ZIMBABWE

 Our teams are live inside one of Africa’s most-troubled protected areas.  Zimbabwe’s 2,000 square kilometre Chizarira National Park lost thousands of elephants and other wildlife to poaching, prior to the start of the operation.  According to the latest independent survey, poaching indicators have reduced by over 90% since our operation began, and the park has undergone a massive transformation.  The remarkable story of Operation Christina Knudsen is the subject of a coming documentary.