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Zakouma National Park, Chad

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Zakouma National Park, Chad

On a continent plagued by rampant poaching, Zakouma National Park in Chad serves as a beacon of conservation hope. Discover the magic of its fauna and flora, the anti-poaching efforts that have contributed to the park’s turnaround and the influences of African, Arabic and nomadic cultures that have combined to make it a fascinating destination for intrepid, experiential travellers.
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Zakouma National Park in Chad

Those in the know mention Zakouma with reverence, hushed awe and longing. The national park in Chad has long commanded near legendary status throughout Africa for its abundant wildlife and true wilderness.
Zakouma National Park has experienced one of the most spectacular transformations in all of Africa. The national park is part of the Greater Zakouma Ecosystem—the primary safe haven for Central and West African wildlife—but between 2002-2010, poachers on horseback ransacked the park, decimating its natural resources while stirring fear and insecurity in local communities. In total, 4,000 elephants—95% of Zakouma’s population—were slaughtered for their ivory.

In 2010, the park’s trajectory shifted when the Chadian Government invited African Parks to sign a long-term agreement to restore and manage Zakouma before it was too late. By overhauling law enforcement, providing expert training, and creating communication networks, we restored security to the park and paved the way for a total transformation. Poaching plummeted—elephants, giraffe, buffalo and other species have experienced little to no poaching during the past eight years, and only 24 known elephants have been killed since 2010—allowing wildlife to return. For the first time in decades, population numbers started increasing, and after years of trauma, elephants resumed breeding. In 2011, we counted one calf under the age of five; in early 2018, we documented 127. The elephant population has now surpassed 559 individuals and is on the rise for the first time in a decade.

Our work in the region includes robust community engagement. Since 2013, seventeen schools have been built and supported, offering 6,646 children an education for the first time in their lives. Zakouma has become the largest employer in the region, and tourists are visiting Zakouma to witness an abundance of wildlife. In recent years, the park’s three camps have seen an influx of local and international tourists, which in turn boosts local employment and trade opportunities.

In October 2017, African Parks doubled its footprint around Zakouma by signing an MoU with the Government of Chad to manage the Greater Zakouma Ecosystem, which includes Zakouma National Park and Siniaka Minia Faunal Reserve and spans 30,693 km2. The ecosystem is situated just south of the Sahara Desert and above fertile rainforest regions and comprises critical conservation areas for key species in Central Africa. Our expanded management agreement also covers Bahr-Salamat (13,000 km2) and adjoining wildlife corridors (10,000 km2).

Zakouma has come a very long way since 2010. The park has risen from the ashes to become an unlikely symbol of hope for people and animals alike, and its transformation underscores crucial links between security, sustainable livelihoods, and wildlife conservation.
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Parc National de Zakouma, Chad II

Just south of the Sahara, Zakouma is the northernmost of the great African national parks. With one of the latest examples of Sudanese-Sahelian ecosystem, Zakouma's landscapes are unique, blending open spaces with bushes, savannah forests and wetlands. These wetlands attract a large number of birds rendering this park a paradise for observation.

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Parc National de Zakouma, Chad I

Chad es quizás el gran desconocido del continente africano pero a la vez es increíblemente hermoso y salvaje. En su interior el viajero descubrirá un buen número de preciados tesoros que muy pocos han tenido el privilegio de visitar como son el Parc National de Zakouma, la meseta de Ennedi o los lagos de Ounianga.



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The Elephant herd in Zakouma National Park, Chad

I went to Chad and Zakouma National Park in March 2019.

There I had the pleasure to spend 30 minutes with the huge Elephant herd that have gathered for protection against poachers.

It is hard to grasp that poachers shot almost 90% of the Zakouma population due to ivory. When you look at the tusks in the video you grasp what is happening, because none have huge tusks and many are tuskless. The big tusk gene is becoming extinct in parts of Africa due to the demand of ivory. It might be a sort of salvation, but it is also troublesome because tusks are tools used foraging for food.

Chad by drone. Ennedi and Zakouma scenes

In February 2020 we did an expedition to Chad, Cameroon and the Central African Republic. An impressive overland trip to Central Africa that took us to Ennedi, Zakouma National Park and Dzanga Sangha Reserve.
From the Sahara desert to the Central African jungles.

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Elephant Conservation in Zakouma, Chad with The Explorations Company

Record Number of Elephant Calves Documented in Zakouma

Zakouma has had a very troubled past. Between 2002 to 2010 approximately 4,000 elephants were killed for their ivory, and only 450 elephants remained. African Parks assumed management of the park in 2010 on behalf of the Chadian Government, and we immediately overhauled law enforcement and worked with the surrounding communities to bring much-needed security to the region.

Today, elephants and other wildlife populations have stabilized and are on the increase. Poaching has drastically been reduced (only 24 known elephants have been poached in the last eight years) and safety has been restored. Find out more at

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Zakouma National Park - Chad : Overview

Location Overview ➡️ Zakouma National Park

Zakouma National Park is a very substantial and important conservation area, remotely located in the southeast of Chad. It's primarily an area of high grasses, acacia forests and seasonal wetlands, home to a full range of wildlife including elephants, lions and buffalos. The reserve contains three simple lodge options, which can only be visited in the company of an experienced safari guide.

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Composer: Alexander Nakarada
Title: West Umoja

Wildlife safari Zakouma National Park, Chad with The Explorations Company

Not only is Chad one of the most remote and beautiful deserts in the world, it remains almost completely untouched. Chad continues to be a hidden jewel on this planet that is yet to be inundated with tourists and hordes of people.

The people of Chad are some of the most fascinating, charismatic, genuine, and also mysterious on Earth. Their nomadic spirits, rich culture, and festivals are experiences that are unparalleled and offer a true once in a lifetime experience - unless of course like me, you want to come back!

Though getting to Chad can be a mission and an adventure in itself, once you are there, the adventure and cultural experiences are astounding.

I recently revisited Zakouma National Park and can definitely guarantee you the most amazing cultural and adventurous experience. It’s an extraordinary national park and conservation success story that’s home to epic endemic wildlife.

You will see first-hand the payoff of all the hard work and effort done in repopulating Zakouma National Park after the poaching epidemic which has now been all but eradicated. This national park is a major Chadian success story covering now almost 1,200 square miles.
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Zakouma National Park in Chad is one of Africa’s most remarkable stories of transformation. Between 2002 to 2010, 95% of the parks’ elephants were poached – almost 4,000 were slaughtered for their ivory, and poachers would often take out multiple family units at the same time. Not only were they destroying the parks wildlife, they were wreaking havoc on local people too. In 2010, African Parks, on invitation by the Chadian Government, signed a long-term agreement to manage Zakouma and stop the bloodshed. Our first step was to overhaul law enforcement, but it wasn’t for the faint of heart.

Today, Zakouma National Park, situated in southern Chad, has become a refuge for some of the most important wildlife populations in Central Africa.

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Chad is one of the most exciting and exclusive safari destinations in Africa! A mobile safari to Zakouma National Park is perfectly suited to the intrepid traveller who is seeking new adventures.
Chad is one of the most exciting and exclusive safari destinations in Africa! A mobile safari to Zakouma National Park is perfectly suited to the intrepid traveller who is seeking new adventures.

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Happy Lions at Zakouma National Park - Chad

Central African Savannah Buffalo at Zakouma National Park - Chad

Kordofan Giraffes at Zakouma National Park - Chad

Bull Elephants at Zakouma National Park - Chad

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Black rhinos return to Zakouma, Chad - The Explorations Company

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African Parks are returning the endangered black rhino to Zakouma National Park in Chad, after it was poached to local extinction in the 1970’s. Zakouma National Park was once ravaged by poaching and insecurity, but since 2010 African Parks have transformed it to a secure National Park with flourishing ecosystems and a safe-haven for Africa’s most precious species.

This fantastic work will increase the long-term chances of the species’ survival in this well-protected park. Six black rhinos were selected from South Africa and flown in a historic project, travelling over 3,000 miles to Zakouma. This translocation is an extraordinary cross-collaboration between the South African Department of Environmental Affairs, the Government of the Republic of Chad, African Parks and South African National Parks (SANParks).

Buffalo herd going to drink at Zakouma National Park - Chad

Red-billed Queleas at Zakouma National Park - Chad

Zakouma National Park: A Photographic Experience

This video, put together by African Parks (for more information: or takes you through a photographic experience of Zakouma National Park. African Parks has commissioned several photographers, such as Nick Nichols ( Babi Prokas, and Jean Labuschange to photograph Zakouma and we have managed to collect a myriad of beautiful images that we'd like to share!

The song in the background is 'Once There Was a Hushpuppy' from the soundtrack 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' (

Stork-apolypse at Zakouma Waterhole in Chad

Zakouma is a bird paradise!

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