Due to the pandemic, tourism came to a virtual standstill in Africa last year. The financial strain experienced by the travel sector was also felt by conservation groups, which depend on tourism to increase traffic in the parks, which can ward off poachers, and also to uplift local communities that might otherwise succumb to illegally hunting for bushmeat. A number of groups set out to counteract this. Wilderness Safaris, for example, delivered 6,000 food parcels in 2020 to families in remote areas of Botswana, Kenya, Rwanda, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

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