Peace Parks Foundation was founded in February 1997 by the late Dr Anton Rupert, the late Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, and the late former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. The Peace Parks dream is to reconnect Africa’s wild spaces to create a future for man in harmony with nature. In order to achieve its vision of “restoring tomorrow” for life on earth, the Foundation works to renew and preserve large, functional ecosystems that stretch across international boundaries.
Peace Parks engages with governments and stakeholders to secure protected land, and channel investment into development of transboundary conservation areas. The organisation plans and implements innovative strategies that revitalise habitat integrity, restore ecological functionality, and protect biodiversity. This includes translocating thousands of animals each year to rewild previously decimated wilderness areas, as well as investing significant resources into the reduction of wildlife crime.
The Foundation develops nature-based tourism and enterprise opportunities to ensure the long-term sustainability of protected areas. At the same time, it focusses on communities living in and around these wild spaces – capacitating them in the sustainable use of natural resources and unlocking opportunities for them to derive equitable benefits from conservation.