COMMITTED TO CONSERVATION IN AFRICA
Africa’s natural resources surpass that of any other continent. The continent is home to the richest, most varied and most concentrated biodiversity on our planet, the last remaining big animals in the world, the longest river and the most populous lake, the largest desert and the oldest desert, where in one day you can see the world’s largest land mammal, and also the tallest, fastest and smallest. Africa has 134 million hectares of officially proclaimed protected areas.
With the world’s wide open spaces disappearing fast, and with more and more species becoming endangered, Africa’s abundant and unmatched natural heritage – wilderness untouched by industry – is becoming one of the most valuable products on earth.
It is the private game reserves and conservancies around national parks that are driving the re-introduction of species and expansion of natural habitats across Africa. Tourism is providing the revenue to make this possible. Open Africa is using its website to record the numerous conservation projects in these reserves as well as list the incidence of flagship species across sub-Saharan Africa. Ultimately, the Open Africa website will list all the national parks as well as the private safari lodges, and will thus be a full repository of species occurring across sub-Saharan Africa. By showcasing best practices, this website is a positive force for wildlife conservation.