Africa

Okapi

Africa is the second largest continent on Earth and encompasses a highly varied range of ecosystems. At the same time, poverty and the pressure of increasing unsustainable development and human populations mean that many of these ecosystems and much of the biodiversity is under threat.

ZSL works across Africa with local and international partners to try and address some of these issues, with conservation actions being supported by science to decide how best to conserve species and ecosystems and help local people:

  • Engaging with industry, helping reconcile the needs of development with wildlife conservation
  • Supporting protected area management
  • Building capacity within countries for best conservation management
  • Empowering local people to play a role in conservation and wildlife protection
  • Helping conserve species that are at risk of going extinct in the wild
  • Supporting the conservation of unique ecosystems
A Cheetah cub in the Serangeti in Tanzania, taken on conservation Programme's ongoing field work with Cheetahs.

Large carnivores have been declining globally, and ZSL is working in...

Bushmeat- palm civet

ZSL has worked to understand and reduce the damage to forest ecosystems in...

Wildlife Wood Project - Logging

ZSL is working with logging companies in Cameroon to promote sustainable...

Ensuring the conservation of the Sahara’s threatened and neglected wildlife...

Dja biosphere reserve eco-guards

ZSL is working with the Cameroonian government’s Conservation Service and...

Forest Elephant

ZSL is working to protect forest elephants in the Congo Basin in the face of...

Pygmy Hippo caught in camera trap

The pygmy hippopotamus, or pygmy hippo, Choeropsis liberiensis, is an...

Oil palm plantation

ZSL is working with government and industry in Africa to ensure biodiversity...

Lake Ossa - Cameroon

ZSL and partners are working to ensure effective management of the Lake Ossa...

Termit Massif

Conserving the last refuge of some of the world’s rarest desert species

Okapi

ZSL has been conserving the elusive okapi since 2001, and now convenes the...

Black Rhino

ZSL works with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to protect flagship species...