Showing our Love for Wildlife Conservation Projects in Zambia
Written By Megan Lewis On March 3, 2022
For researchers, scientists and fieldworkers dedicating care and commitment to wildlife conservation projects in Zambia, World Wildlife Day is year-round work that comes with challenges as well as triumphs.
Africa’s wildlife deserves our protection, and that’s why we dedicate energy, skills and resources towards initiating and supporting conservation projects in Zambia. Through partnerships and ongoing support from people (like you!), organisations like the Zambian Carnivore Project, Conservation South Luangwa, Hack the Poacher, and Panthera Zambia are empowered to support the ‘recovery of key species for ecosystem restoration’. This is also this year’s World Wildlife Day theme.
A flock of grey crowned cranes, one of Africa’s endangered bird species | Photo by Gerben van der Waals
Animals, birds, and all creatures in-between fit snugly in a glorious natural puzzle that connects their survival to the health of habitats, ecosystems and relationships with humans. By supporting the brave and dedicated groups of conservationists and the communities they work hand-in-hand with, you can be part of helping Zambia’s wildlife not only survive but hopefully thrive.
Empowering wildlife conservation projects in Zambia
We actively support the Zambian Carnivore Program (ZCP) in the greater Kafue National Park – from Ila Safari Lodge and Chisa Busanga Camp – and the Lupande Game Management Area in the South Luangwa National Park, Luangwa Valley, from Shawa Luangwa Camp. According to the ZCP: “The success of this work fundamentally rests on our diverse and effective collaborations with local, national, and international partners, agencies, organizations and institutions that collectively provide the expertise, resources and energy to address the myriad conservation challenges facing Zambia”.
An African wild dog pup peeks out from behind shrubs in South Luangwa National Park | Photo by Exciting World Tracks
Sustainability or conservation efforts rely heavily on local leadership and the capacity of Zambian organizations and individuals to successfully research and manage carnivores and their habitats, as well as on local community support for carnivores and wildlife. This is why a core pillar in their approach to conservation is engaging with people from local communities to raise awareness and build capacity that contributes not only to the protection of Zambia’s wildlife but also to the empowerment of its people. One cannot happen successfully without the other.
Preventing human-wildlife conflict for positive connectivity
Through this ongoing open dialogue, Zambian-based organisations like Conservation South Luangwa (CSL) can better ensure threats that are interconnected between people and their ‘wild’ neighbours are addressed through meaningful initiatives to mitigate human-wildlife conflict and manage the use of land and other natural resources.
Ellies in South Luangwa National Park | Photo by Gerben van der Waals
The major goal in a 10-year long project led by the CSL is preventing damage by wildlife and mitigating conflicts between wildlife and farmers that live in the areas alongside the park. When animals, like elephants, damage crops, human properties, or even lives, this negatively influences attitudes people have towards wildlife and conservation issues.
Investing in the latest anti-poaching technology
Green Safaris has co-sponsored a pilot project developed by a Dutch-based tech collective called Hack the Planet, who use technology-driven solutions to solve challenges faced by organisations working within the humanitarian and sustainability sectors. Part of combatting poaching in wilderness areas requires human-centered solutions that take a creative, considered approach to the socio-economic issues that contribute to the poaching crisis, impacting poachers and rangers in the region.
A pair of majestic male lions relax in the Kafue National Park | Photo by Gerben van der Waals
Hack the Poacher is a unique technology system that plays a crucial role in combating wildlife poaching in Zambia’s wilderness areas, with a particular focus on rhino and elephant poaching prevention in national parks like Kafue and South Luangwa. Smart anti-poaching monitoring technology acts as a deterrent to poachers, aids rangers in their ongoing fight against wildlife crime, and supports law-enforcement.
A herd of ellies enjoy a drink in Kafue National Park near Ila Safari Lodge | Photo by Gerben van der Waals
We also fund an anti-poaching unit that patrols and protects the Busanga Plains. This is crucial in the rainy season when camps and lodges here have to close, leaving wildlife vulnerable to increased poaching. A new digital radio system – co-sponsored by us and Segré Foundation, managed by Panthera Zambia – improves radio coverage in northern and central Kafue, making a significant contribution to the success of anti-poaching efforts.
Giving back through a sustainable safari in Zambia
Helping bring the most vulnerable and endangered wildlife species out of the red zone is something we can all be a part of, in different ways. In fact, sometimes, you can make a difference to the survival of endangered species without even knowing it. How? By supporting sustainable travel and tourism efforts when you go on safari in Zambia. Your holiday can be about more than creating memories, it can be transformative for you and those you meet along the way…
Guests of Chisa Busanga Camp on game drive enjoy a wild dog sighting in the Busanga Plains | Photo by Gerben van der Waals
If you’d like to find out more about the projects we’re involved in, please check out Green Safaris Foundation. To enquire or book your sustainable safari in Zambia (or Malawi), fill out our online enquiry form or contact our Reservations Team.
Images courtesy of:
Exciting World Tracks
Gerben van der Waals