Since 2014, Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park has been managed by the Nouabalé-Ndoki Foundation, which is the result of a public-private partnership signed between the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Congolese Ministry of Forest Economy (MEF), both of which have been involved in the Park’s creation and management from day one. This new governance structure has allowed Park management to professionalize operations, secure significant new investment, and increase staffing and infrastructure to match the scale of the conservation challenge.


The Republic of the Congo’s Ministry of Forest Economy is responsible for managing the Congo's forests resources. It organizes, implements, and monitors the application of the regulatory and legislative framework of the wildlife, forest, and sustainable development sector.

Its objectives are to sustainably manage the country’s forests, increase the productivity of the forestry sector, improve housing and living conditions in rural areas, and develop alternative revenue-generating activities in forestry concessions, buffer zones, and in the peripheries of protected areas.

The Ministry has been involved since the very first wildlife inventories in the region, that eventually led to the establishment of the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park.

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is an international NGO dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and wild places, which works in more than 50 countries and over 350 protected areas around the world. WCS headquarter are at the Bronx Zoo in New York city.
For more than 30 years, WCS has played a major role in the conservation of wildlife and wild places in Congo, where it has helped create three of the five National Parks. WCS works closely with the government, national stakeholders, and local communities to protect Congo's rich ecosystems.

WCS Congo's mission is to preserve biodiversity, promote scientific research, and ensure that local people are the primary beneficiaries of conservation efforts. WCS Congo aspires to a future where the integrity of protected areas is combined with the sustainable use of natural resources to ensure that both ecosystems and people thrive in a healthy and prosperous environment.

The conservation of Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park and its surrounding is the result of the work of multiple partners, with the crucial support of our donors, among which:

  • L’Agence française de développement
  • Arcus Foundation
  • Bezos Earth Fund
  • Birdlife International
  • Cologne Zoo
  • Colombus Zoo
  • Cornell University
  • Dutch Gorilla Foundation
  • Elephant Crisis Fund
  • Global Earth Fund
  • La Fondation Tri-National de la Sangha
  • Global Environment Facility
  • Harvey Bookman
  • JRS Biodiversity Foundation
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Rainforest Trust
  • Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
  • Rotterdam Zoo
  • Saint Louis Zoo
  • L’Union Européenne
  • United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
  • United Nations Environment Programme
  • United States Agency for International Development
  • United States Department of State - Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
  • United States Fish and Wildlife Service
  • United States National Institutes of Health
  • University of Miami
  • Washington University
  • WildCat Foundation
  • Zoo Berlin