African parks


The Chinko Project sustainably manages a nature reserve in the heart of Africa – one of the last pristine mosaics of wooded savannah and tropical lowland rainforest deep within the Central African Republic. This project goes beyond conservation, it represents hope for stability and governance in one of the poorest regions on earth with an endless history of corruption, depletion of natural resources and military conflicts.

We are passionate about Africa – for both its wildlife and people – and believe there is a way for both to coexist. The Chinko Project, as a governing body, supports local communities, protects the ecosystem, and maintains economic value through tourism – providing the key to a sustainable future for this thriving ecosystem.

Chinko Project is a proud member of African Parks

African parks


Historically, humans have had a low impact on the Chinko/Mbari Drainage basin due to the fact that there are no permanent settlements or agricultural activities within the region. The Chinko nature reserve covers roughly 17,600 sq km of the basin’s southern part – representing a fascinating ecotone of rainforest and savannah.

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The Central African people — mostly smallholder farmers living in the villages sedentary to the Chinko nature reserve, and transhumant herdsmen trespassing with their livestock to access the meat markets in Bangui — are among the poorest on the continent.

The Chinko Project offers an income and stability to many of these families, and through the support of schooling programs offer children a chance for learning not possible until now.


The particular habitat of the Chinko allows for an incredible richness of species and puzzling phenomena, making it a hotspot of biodiversity.

So far we've documented more than 75 mammals (including Wild Dog, Elephant, Lelwel Hartebeest, Eastern Giant Eland, Bongo, Lion and Leopard).

> 70,000 Photos > 75 mammals > 8 publications

Threats & Actions

Currently, the Chinko Project Area's ecosystem faces two major pressures:

  1. Armed Sudanese Herdsmen with cattle herds of more than 1,000 each travel through the area allowing their animals to graze – contributing to long-term habitat depletion and putting immediate stress on the wildlife.

    Some actively attempt to clear the area of predators that could endanger their livestock, while others have discovered the economic benefit of poaching and drying bush meat to trade at Sudanese markets.

  2. Ivory poachers usually comprised of Sudanese professionals and rebel groups, threaten the small herd of surviving forest elephants in the region.

To reduce such pressures, we take the following actions:

  1. Conduct Research to better understand the complexities and trade chains underlying bush meat and ivory trade from Chinko to Sudan.

  2. Provide Incentives for the herdsmen to pass through a designated livestock corridor as quickly as possible.

  3. Inform herdsmen about non-harmful possibilities of protecting their livestock against predators.

  4. Build capacity by training and deploying Central African park rangers and supporting local school programs educating people about the value of wildlife.

  5. Monitor & Patrol the area with advanced surveillance strategies.

  6. Detect & disarm poaching infringers inside the nature reserve and hand them over to the next state authority.


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  • Armand Mbolifoue
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  • Arthur Wa
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  • Benjamin Pende
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  • Charlotte Mararv
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  • Christian Amilo
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  • Christian Mbazoua
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  • David Simpson
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  • Jonathan Mbringa
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  • Lambert Coleman
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  • Marcelin Ngbongo
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  • Maurice Tomoro
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  • Park Ranger
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  • Mesmin Guinda
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  • Government Liaison Bangui
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  • Patrick Gbinou
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  • Paulin Gildas Dibert Kosson
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  • Romaric Gaucka
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  • Erik Mararv
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  • Jean Marc Froment
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  • Thierry Aebischer
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  • Jean Baptiste Mamang
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  • John Michael Fay
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  • Louisa Lombard
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  • Philipp Henschel
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  • Racey Bingham
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  • Anton Lundkvist
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  • Constantin Hofstetter
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  • Emelie Mararv
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  • Franz Landl
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  • Loredana Hartmann
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  • Milena Klimek
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