Today, as a pandemic sweeps across the globe, the message is louder than ever – we depend on nature for our own survival. While COVID-19 has come from nature, it is our own actions that unleashed it. Our insatiable demand for space and resources has caused habitat destruction and the over-exploitation of wildlife, which we know is linked to the rise of infectious diseases. If there was ever a case to protect nature, it is now. At African Parks we are protecting 17 parks in 11 countries, safeguarding over 13.3 million hectares of Africa’s biodiversity. With close to 6,000 staff across the continent, we are not only preserving functioning ecosystems that sustain millions of people but we are working with communities to make the connection between environmental and human health. We see is that hope starts here, in the parks we are protecting now, to ensure a healthy future for us all.