In early 2000, Mr. Rombout Swanborn and Mrs. Ella Swanborn travelled to the Fernan-Vaz region of Gabon in central Africa. After visiting the Sainte-Anne mission (Odimba village), as well as Loango National Park, they were inspired to initiate a pilot project named Operation Loango. The aim of Operation Loango was to develop low-impact tourism and conservation in Gabon through the concept of ‘tourism pays for conservation’. Africa’s Eden grew from this pilot project which ended in 2007. As part of Operation Loango, a family of four gorillas were transferred in 2001 from a research facility in Gabon to the Island of Evengue-Ezango in the Fernan-Vaz where they could live in a more natural setting: this would eventually become the Projet Gorille Fernan-Vaz. Africa’s Eden has since grown to include Loango National Park in Gabon, Sao-Tome and Principe.Website: https://africas-eden.com/
Gorilla Conservation Action
Gorilla Conservation Action (GCA) is a Canadian non-profit organization that was created in 2018 to provide governance support to the Projet Gorille Fernan-Vaz (PGFV) in Gabon. While the PGFV team works hard on the ground to care for orphaned gorillas and implement conservation programs, GCA assists with strategic planning and implementation with the aim of helping the PGFV become a strong and sustainable organization. After working for more than a decade as a field veterinary manager for the PGFV, Dr. Nicholas Bachand acts as president of GCA with a unique understanding of the challenges in the bush, and of the importance of collaborating with several stakeholders to achieve effective One Conservation outcomes.
Four Paws is an international animal welfare organisation committed to reducing animal suffering worldwide. They have been working with orangutans on Borneo for over 10 years, and since 2018 have operated a Forest School for orangutan orphans, focusing on providing a nurturing learning environment to prepare them to return to the wild. The leader of the project, Dr. Signe Preuschoft, now lends her decades-long experience in great ape rehabilitation to the PGFV.Website: https://www.four-paws.org/
Chester Zoo, the UK’s most popular zoo and one of the best on the planet, is also a highly respected center for global conservation and research that passionately campaigns for wildlife. Wildlife conservation is at the heart of everything we do and, as a leading conservation charity, we are helping to prevent extinction in more than 30 countries around the world. We aim for our conservation research to help in decision-making that improves the management of animals and plants in our care, influence the sustainability of wild populations, and inspire others to join us in our challenge to protect the living world.Website: https://www.chesterzoo.org/
The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA), the largest association of wildlife centers in Africa, includes 23 organizations in 13 African countries. Our members are securing a future for Africa’s primates by working to stop the illegal trade in wildlife, rescuing, rehabilitating, and reintroducing orphans of the trade, protecting wild primate populations and their habitats, and educating and empowering communities. PASA strengthens our member organizations and is building a global movement to save Africa’s great apes and monkeys. The combination of PASA’s worldwide network and our members’ local expertise uniquely positions the Alliance to make a sustained impact on a large scale.Website: https://pasa.org/