Lifting the big cat hunting ban: another insight

We want to hear from you. Do you think lifting the big cat hunting ban is a good or bad move for Zambia? Will it effect your desire to visit the country? Tick a box below and we will do our best to ensure that the Minister of Tourism, the …

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Lifting the big cat hunting ban: Some thoughts and a call

Disclaimer: Zambiatourism.com is privately-owned and managed by Biggestleaf and Africa Insites. The views expressed in this post are those of the writer alone. On the 15th of May, Zambian Minister of Tourism, Jean Kapata, announced that a two year ban on the hunting of lions and other big cats in …

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North Luangwa: Hope for Zambia’s Rhinos

Roughly 40 years ago, Zambia had one of Africa’s highest rhino populations, with about 4,000 of a total population of 12,000 being found in the beautiful and wildlife-rich Luangwa Valley region. By 1998, thanks to rampant poaching, rhinos were declared extinct in Zambia. Despite this loss, South Luangwa National Park …

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Conservation Lower Zambezi Newsletter – February 2015

Environmental Education kicks off! Chongwe outreach 2015 CLZ’S Environmental Education Programme began in Chongwe District this month, funded by Elephant Charge. Our EEP team visiting 10 schools bordering the Lower Zambezi National Park for a lesson on poaching, and its effects, on not only wildlife but on local and global …

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Walking With Lions: Con or Conservation? Further Thoughts

Some of you may have seen my post late last year questioning the ethics of “lion walks” on the Zambian side of Vic Falls in the face of growing allegations, concerns and criticism from former employees, volunteers, journalists and conservationists. My post also bore the news that conversation with Zambia …

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Putting Conservation into Practice at Game Rangers International

Ever thought of spending a night in a national park, surrounded by wild animals and scary but often funny sounds? Have you ever imagined how wild animals like elephants feed and play around? These were some of my many amazing experiences with Game Rangers International! Three months of so many …

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Conservation Lower Zambezi Newsletter November 2014

Gorongosa Restoration Project visit the Lower Zambezi This month, CLZ hosted the team from the Gorongosa Restoration Project in Mozambique. This followed on from the visit by CLZ’s operations staff and ZAWA area warden earlier this year. The two parks are building a relationship to share experiences and expertise in wildlife protection. From Gorongosa, Mateus …

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ZAWA explains hunting ban lift

This is the response of ZAWA on their previous press release ‘Minister lifts ban on hunting‘: Contrary to widespread blatant misinformation reports on social media and some sectors of the media that the hunting ban on elephants has been lifted, The Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) would like to inform members …

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Minister lifts ban on hunting

Minister Of Tourism and Arts Jean Kapata has lifted the ban on hunting in the 19 hunting blocks with immediate effect. Ms Kapata made the announcement at a press briefing held at the Ministry of Tourism head office in Lusaka this morning. She however said that the hunting will be conducted …

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ZAWA Appalled by dishonesty in industry

The Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) is appalled at the level of dishonesty by some Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the industry, which go to the extreme of claiming credit for works they did not do in their quest to appease donors. ZAWA last week collaborated with Green Rural African Development (GRAD) …

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World Lion Day in Livingstone

World Lion Day (WLD) falls on August 10th and is a fairly new event, launched just two years ago. This global campaign celebrates the importance of lions worldwide, particularly as their populations are dwindling to the point of risk of extinction. In Zambia, Livingstone hosted WLD by creating a big …

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ZAWA Special Anti-Poaching Unit Wildlife Officer promoted!

GRI’s Kafue Conservation Project (KCP) are proud to announce that one of the officers in the -supported ZAWA Special Anti-Poaching Unit (SAPU) has been promoted by  to Investigations Officer. Congratulations to Kamuti Muyongo! Since his promotion Kamuti has become increasingly involved with our Intelligence-led law enforcement effort; nurturing informers; gathering …

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Conservation Lower Zambezi Newsletter June 2014

One Year of Village Scouts This month,  celebrates the one year anniversary of our Village Scout patrols. We are proud of this partnership with the Zambia Wildlife Authority () and the Community Resource boards (CRBs), and funding from USFWS, we recruited, trained and equipped a team of Village Scouts to …

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Two Elephants successfully translocated to KNP

The Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) and Game Rangers International (GRI) would like to announce the successful translocation of two elephant orphans, Maramba and Kavalamanja, which were being kept at Lilayi Elephant Nursery, to Kafue Release Facility in Kafue National Park(KNP). This is the first step on their journey to being …

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The Unsung Heroes

A Bird’s- Eye View Why is it that most safaris focus on the big game – those that bite? One of the real wonders of a safari is the bird life, look up to the skies and you will undoubtedly be enthralled by what you see from everything big and …

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ZAWA’s response to new park entrance fees

THE Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) has observed with regret the uproar raised by some stakeholders in Livingstone and reported in some quarters of the media, over the Authority’s decision to charge K15.12 AS Park entry fees to Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. ZAWA would like to inform members of the public that …

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ZAWA- CLZ Labour Day Scouts Awards

Awarding the Deserving ZAWA and CLZ held the Annual May Day Scout awards this month to honour the ZAWA Wildlife Police Offices of the Lower Zambezi who work 365 days a year, in all weather and in challenging and often dangerous conditions. The awards are to show the appreciation of …

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Cocktails for Conservation

Game Rangers International (GRI) operates five conservation projects in Zambia. The Elephant Orphanage Project has rescued 13 animals, which are being rehabilitated at Lilayi Elephant Nursery and Kafue Release Facility and will ultimately be released back into the wild in Kafue National Park. As well as animal welfare, GRI supports …

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Male Elephant Successfully Relocated to Kafue National Park

On Saturday 10th May, Game Rangers International (GRI) and the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) successfully relocated an adult male elephant from the Nega Nega area of Mazabuka District to the Kafue National Park. The operation was supported by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and generous members of the …

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Mosi-Oa-Tunya Rhino Rescued

  ZAWA has successfully removed and treated a pregnant rhino that was recently caught up in a snare in Livingstone’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. The Rhino, known as Inonge was caught in a snare set up by some unknown poachers last week. She is eight months pregnant. This Rhino specie needs …

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