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about change. “They find the means to make conser-

(above) a view of the rolling hills at akagera; (right) sleeping accomodations at a ruzizi treetop tent; (below) view from the deck at ruzizi

vation game plans happen by collaborating with national governments rather than working in isolation.” In January, I visit Zakouma National Park, a park in southeast Chad that AP has managed since 2010, this time traveling with another safari operator, Steppes Travel ( “As an industry, John Dickens

I think we need to push harder for that conversion from traveler to donor,” says Justin Wateridge, managing director at Steppes. “Does it work? Occasionally, yes. But it needs to be even more effective if travel companies like ours are to help conserve the assets

James Hogg

Lorentz leads high-end tours all over the con-

In Zakouma, AP’s existing network of supporters

Americans staying en famille in Africa’s smartest

have donated significantly—planes, schools, brick

lodges, a few excursions—and these are the safaris

machines, money to build Zakouma’s new luxury

most precious to him—access the frontier territory

mobile camp—which has also helped bring this for-

with which AP is involved. It’s these safaris that

mer poaching hotspot back under control. Zakou-

allow Lorentz to convert his powerful client base

ma’s elephant herds—decimated in recent years by

from wealthy tourist to potential donor for AP’s

the janjaweed militia, who would ride in with machine

conservation agenda. This syncs with a wider trend:

guns from neighboring Sudan—are finally growing

AP receives significant funding at institutional

again, protected by AP’s hard-core team of impec-

levels, including from the European Union, but is

cably trained anti-poaching wardens, in a highly man-

also riding a wave of private philanthropic support

aged system utilizing planes, motorbikes and horses.

John Dickens

to protect the African wilderness.


we make our living from in Africa.”

tinent. While most of his trips are for wealthy

The result of AP’s presence in Chad after just

“AP works on a deeply impressive scale,” says

five years of work—assisted by a 7.7million-euro

Will Jones, founder of Wild Philanthropy (wild

commitment in 2011 from the EU—is a park safe, a new organization that connects

enough to visit, staying either in the $100-a-night,

conservation projects in Africa with wealthy travel-

government-built Tinga Camp or in the newer,

ers who have the cash and will to dig deep and bring

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