National Geographic Joins Forces with African Parks, the Wyss Foundation and the Republic of Benin to Protect Critical West African Ecosystem: Benin’s Pendjari National Park to be Safeguarded as Part of a Groundbreaking, Multiyear US$23.5 Million Conservation Initiative

Today, the National Geographic Society, African Parks, the Wyss Foundation and the Republic of Benin announced a groundbreaking partnership to help secure and rehabilitate one of the last remaining wild landscapes in all of West Africa, Benin’s Pendjari National Park. Together, the four partners are initially committing more than US$23M to safeguard the park.

African Parks, a conservation non-governmental organization (NGO) that manages protected areas across Africa, assumed management of Pendjari, a World Heritage site, in partnership with the Presidency of the Republic of Benin in May of 2017. Earlier that year, Mr. Hansjörg Wyss, a member of African Parks’ board of directors, made a transformational commitment to support parks currently under African Parks’ management, and to help it bring up to five new parks into the portfolio.

The National Geographic Society’s monetary commitment of US$7.5M over five years complements a portion of the Wyss Foundation’s commitment to African Parks for Pendjari National Park. This partnership aims to protect, restore and revitalize Pendjari’s extraordinary landscape through increased operational effectiveness, scientific research, innovative technology and visually compelling storytelling.

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