Expansion of the APN Board: We are pleased to welcome Ted Woods as the the latest addition to the board of the African Parks Network (APN). Confirmed in April, Ted brings with him years of expertise in the management and governance of multi-national corporations that operate throughout Africa. We are thrilled to be working with him in this formal capacity.
Recruitment: James Milanzi joined the APN head office team as the Regional Operations Manager for Zambia and Malawi. Leon Lamprecht will be staying on as Regional Operations Manager for Francophone Africa and Andrew Parker will be transitioning into the Conservation Development role in the coming months. James is joining us after a distinguished career in conservation with the Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) dating back to 2003. Having worked in Zambia as a senior wildlife ecologist, a Regional Manager encompassing five National Parks, and more recently as Director of Conservation and Management, James has a wealth of relevant experience and has worked closely with African Parks on the Liuwa and Bangweulu sites. We are extremely excited to have James on board and part of the African Parks family.
The searches for the Operations Director and Fundraising Director to be based in Johannesburg are continuing as is the search for the Executive Director of African Parks – USA. We hope to conclude at least two of these in the coming couple of weeks.
In Conclusion: On a sad but final note, after almost two years the remains of Bill Fitzpatrick, our pilot at Odzala-Kokoua National Park, have arrived in his hometown of Chelan, Washington, in the US. Bill was reported missing on 22 June 2014 after failing to arrive in Doula in Cameroon. Following a harrowing 22-month period for the family in which recovery was delayed by challenges in locating and accessing the wreckage site (also compounded by a lengthy bureaucratic processes), WWF-Cameroon, US and Cameroonian authorities and African Parks jointly aided in his retrieval and repatriation. From everyone at African Parks, we extend our thoughts and sympathies to his wife Paula and their three children, Mary, Matthew and Cody.
Communications: The website continues to be developed with two more large phases to go – we aim to conclude final development in the next six weeks which will include a detailed Newsroom, Campaigns, and other sections. Because the site is still in development, loading times may be affected as the images are not on a Content Delivery Network (CDN) but this will be resolved upon final launch. We are also gearing up for media exposure around the elephant translocation in Malawi this July and August 2016 as well as in 2017 and look forward to sharing stories and content from this incredible undertaking along the way