New conservation to reinforce Zambia’s conservation efforts

Wildlife conservation is not only saving endangered species from extinction but allowing a thriving future for humanity. Kafue National Park (KNP) is celebrating the launch of the game-changing Musekese Conservation. Exciting news and a step forward for conservation efforts, thanks to numerous donations and fundraising initiatives. The newly formed organisation …

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SOLOMON CHIDUNUKA – Zambia’s Honoured Wildlife Warden

At a high-profile event in Cape Town, senior Wildlife Warden – Solomon Chidunuka – of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife was honoured with the international Tusk Wildlife Ranger Award 2017. Tusk helps to alleviate poverty through sustainable development and education amongst rural communities who live alongside wildlife, and …

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Zambia Strikes Back Against Poachers

22 December 2017: Honourable Fred Musaka of Chadiza Subordinate Court has found all five men guilty of unlawful possession of 25 pieces of rhino horn weighing 32.2kg. In a strong message from the court, each of the men have been sentenced to five years imprisonment. Three Chinese Nationals and two …

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This is Not a Game: The Illegal Bushmeat Trade

Do you know the real risks of illegal bushmeat? A new public campaign This is Not a Game launched in December 2017 finally exposes the truth: it’s illegal, it’s dangerous and it carries diseases. The next time you are offered “nyama yamu sanga” at a special occasion or a friend’s …

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South Luangwa Hyena Rescue

It’s not often that we get directly involved and lend a helping hand to wildlife, but when we do, it’s often because the animal has been harmed due to human conflict. A few weeks ago, Nsefu Camp in South Luangwa National Park received a radio call from a guide who was …

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10 Years – 10 Reasons to Charge

The Elephant Charge is an annual event that challenges teams of cars and motorbikes to complete a grueling off-road course through the Zambian bush. The Charge is held to raise money for conservation in Zambia, focused on conservation through education. In the ten years since it first began, the event …

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World Ranger Day Interview with Conservation South Luangwa

Every day brave rangers set out to protect our wildlife and put their lives on the line to keep the innocent animals we adore so much safe. World Ranger Day, which is observed annually on the 31st of July, is a chance to honour the rangers killed or injured in …

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Protecting Kasanka’s fruit bats

Every year, approximately 10 million fruit bats make their way from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Zambia’s Kasanka National Park, where they take up residence in a small forest. This is the largest mammal migration on earth, and seeing the fruit bats cover the sky at sundown is a …

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Annual Elephant Charge Raises $63,000 for conservation

By Sarah Davies As the blood orange African sun rises, I can just make out the peaks of the Zambezi escarpment around me, through the dust-thick air from spinning tyres on loose rocks. I grin at my teammates, hanging off a modified Toyota LandCruiser, raring to go. The challenge is …

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An Epic Elephant Weekend

Saturday 20th August was the ‘Elephant Epic’ – Elephant Orphanage Project’s (EOP) annual fundraiser, a 75km mountain bike race that attracted 142 riders! The EOP team were busy preparing for the event when an orphan alert was called through by our partners at the Department of National Parks and Wildlife …

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Three convicted for possession of live pangolin

On 1 July 2016, two accused persons were sentenced to five years imprisonment after being found guilty of illegal possession of a live pangolin. One further accused had already been sentenced with five years imprisonment and hard labour in relation to the same incident. Pangolins are defined as protected animals …

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First Arrest and Prosecution for Keeping Illegal Primates

Lusaka, 11 May 2016 For the very first time since the GRI – Zambia Primate Project (ZPP) was established in 2002, and after confiscating over 500 primates held illegally in Zambia since that time, ZPP has witnessed the arrest and prosecution of a man keeping a primate illegally. It may …

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Elefest 2016: Zambia goes wild for the music

Elefest 2016 Mokoomba announced as headline act! 14 May, Lusaka Showgrounds #OurZambiaOurWildlife #ZambiaYanguVinyamaVatu On 14 May, the herds will gather at the Lusaka Showgrounds to celebrate wildlife conservation in Zambia.  After the success of last year’s first EleFest, the 2016 festival line-up has expanded with exciting new international acts, including …

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South Luangwa – a World-Class Destination for Bird Photographers

The South Luangwa National Park proudly boasts a bird list totaling more than 450 species. This is certainly impressive, but perhaps more relevant is the incredible fact that it’s possible to see more than 100 species in a day! As a destination for birders, it must be high on all …

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Jewelry Helps Support Zambia’s Wildlife

Mulberry Mongoose is a Zambian business that creates handcrafted accessories that capture elements of the African bush and way of life whilst investing in the conservation of the South Luangwa. Their handcrafted pieces are sold worldwide. The name Mulberry Mongoose is partly inspired by the banded mongoose, an animal often …

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Lower Zambezi Rescue Brings New Addition to Lilayi Elephant Nursery

Monday 11 January, a team from GRI – Elephant Orphanage Project (EOP) drove down to Lower Zambezi to rescue an abandoned and orphaned elephant calf, the latest addition to the orphan herd at the Lilayi Elephant Nursery (LEN) outside Lusaka. EOP’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release orphaned elephants …

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Celebrating a Zambian Conservation Hero

On Thursday 10 December, Game Rangers International (GRI) hosted a celebration to honour the achievements of Cosmas Mumba, the Project Manager of GRI – Zambia Primate Project. As the first ever Zambian, Cosmas was recently nominated to the prestigious Tusk Conservation Award, supported by HRH Prince William. Cosmas attended the …

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ZAWA scale up their efforts to protect the pangolin

In the past week, Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) has rescued six pangolins through four separate operations across western Zambia. These scaly anteaters had been illegally captured from the wild by poachers and were being sold as part of the illegal wildlife trade. GRI Wildlife Veterinary Project has assisted ZAWA in …

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Revisiting the Zambia hunting debate in light of Cecil’s slaughter

The sad and, more importantly, unlawful killing of one of Africa’s best-known lions, Cecil, in neighbouring Zimbabwe has taken social media by storm in the last few days and has done serious damage to the “cause” of the pro trophy hunting community. But while Cecil’s death has prompted considerable reevaluation …

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Pieter Kat on the lifting of the big cat hunting ban

The following was written as a response to Christopher Clark’s recent post, ‘Lifting the big cat hunting ban: Some thoughts and a call’ after it was republished on Untold Africa. Pieter Kat is a trustee and co-founder of LionAid. He has a PHD in ecology and evolution from John Hopkins …

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