October 1, 2021 Conservation non-profit organization African Parks announced a $100 million commitment from the Rob and Melani Walton Foundation (RMWF), providing one of the largest contributions ever made to the conservation of protected areas in Africa.
This commitment will help to expand African Parks’ impact to managing 30 parks over the next decade, preserving a significant portion of Africa’s biodiversity for the long-term benefit of local communities, while helping to grow the organisation’s endowment to ensure for reliable funding.
Founded in 2000, African Parks takes on the long-term management of protected areas in partnership with governments to protect wildlife, restore landscapes and ensure sustainable livelihoods for local communities.
Their goal is to directly manage 30 parks measuring over 30 million hectares by 2030.
Rob and Melani Walton are longtime supporters of sustainability and conservation efforts around the globe and have been invaluable partners to African Parks since its inception.