Maiko National Park in Congo
Maiko National Park covers an area of 10,830 km² and the few research studies conducted in the park have identified 31 species of mammals and about 100 birds. Important note: Maiko National Park is the only place in the world where you can find okapis.
Maiko National Park, as a lot of other (technically protected) areas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is in big danger because of the following reasons:
Poaching is carried out both by residents and by armed groups established in certain parts of the park. Elephants are shot for ivory, okapis, or leopards for their skin. Other species such as the grey parrots, the Congolese peacocks, different species of small monkeys, baby gorillas, and chimpanzees are sold as pets.
To see our current project program, click on the PDF below.
Main objects of NAWF:
Reduce wildlife- and timber trafficking
Strengthen park integrity through ongoing surveillance by rangers
Strengthen the administrative and financial management of the MNP
Improving the financial situation of staff
Improve the park's infrastructure and logistics
Strengthen community collaboration and participation
Improve information, education, and communication
Promote scientific research
Ensure the protection of fauna and flora