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 Mutemba (Park Warden), Pedro Muagura (Director of Conservation) and Rui Branco (Park Vet), spent five days in the Lower Zambezi, finding out about CLZ and ZAWA’s wildlife protection work. The Gorongosa Restoration Project looks to rebuild their park back to its former status and one of Africa’s richest game areas – including reintroduction, environmental education, community, agriculture, health, research and wildlife protection programmes.

The team from Gorongosa spent time with CLZ’s Operation’s team and ZAWA’s Lower Zambezi team observing patrol strategies, systems and how the effort is monitored through CLZ and ZAWA’s wildlife protection collaboration.

The Gorongosa team visited communities in the area and were able to see some of the work that CLZ is doing in the community firsthand  – a chilli fence demonstration, visited one of the felumbus (brick granary stores designed by Awely), and interviewed the felumbu owners to better understand CLZ’s work in the community. The trip was a great success – thanks to the Gorongosa Team and we look forward to continuing the mutually beneficial relationship!

img5Valley Classic 2014

It’s that time of year again, when the Lower Zambezi’s finest catch-and-release anglers came together to put their rods in the water for CLZ. Wildtracks once again hosted the Valley Classic Fishing Competition and raised 27,000 ZMW for the cause.
The day saw some crazy outfits, great team spirit and ended with Zambezi Breezers taking overall first place. CLZ’s very own team came in second place, thanks to Wildtracks’ Mike Kapini joining the team and bringing his Zambezi River expertise with him! CLZ would like to give a huge thanks to Wildtracks for their incredible organisaion and hard work organising the event and for all the teams for coming along and supporting the event in which much organization and hard work went into. Thank you!

img6Safari Guide Exams 2015

CLZ hosted the Lower Zambezi Safari Guides examining committee to prepare the exams for 2015’s exams. The team of the Lower Zambezi’s longest serving, most experienced and knowledgeable guides, set the papers, now securely locked away until March! We would like to thank all involved for their hard work and look forward to training the next class of guides. Thanks to guides from Anabezi Camp, Chiawa Camp, Old Mondoro Bush Camp, Sausage Tree Camp, Royal Zambezi Lodge, Chongwe River Camp, Mwambashi River Lodge and Baines River Camp for their help.

Thank You!

Nederburg – Wine Pairing Evening Fundraising Event

The Southern Sun Ridgeway hosted a wine pairing event in collaboration with Nederburg Wines on the 29th November. CLZ were lucky to their chosen charity, benefitting from an auction of prizes in which all the money raised went to CLZ. In addition to thanking the Southern Sun Ridgeway for their generosity and support of this event, we would also like to send a massive thank you to Proflight Zambia, Mwambashi River Lodge, Royal Zambezi Lodge , Baines River Camp and Kiambi Safaris for their prizes on the night!

A huge thanks this month to all those who have helped us, both financially and in kind. This month, CLZ were incredibly lucky to receive $8,500 from the Chiawa Conservation Collection from Chiawa and Old Mondoro  – a huge

Huge thanks go to all those who sponsored or helped make our various fundraising events possible. This month we would like to thank Kansanshi Foundation (FQM) for their generous donation towards the running of CLZ. Thanks to Proflight Zambia for their management of flights, Royal Air Charters for their continued support to staff flights, Zambeef Chiawa Farm for their donation towards anti-poaching patrols! Thank you to Southern Sun Ridgeway for their ongoing support to CLZ staff. Thank you to Chris Hamilton for his continued IT support to CLZ.

We would like to thank Gerry Carbin for all his support this month with the his kind donations of bananas and juicy mangos from Chakanaka. Riccardo our chairman has also been a great help this month and we would like to appreciate his continuous support to the organiztion which makes a huge difference to our work!

CLZ’s work would not be possible without the support of our members. A huge thank you to all of our membership organisations: Platinum members: Anabezi Camp, Baines River Camp, Chongwe River CampChiawa CampOld Mondoro Bush Camp, Mwambashi River Lodge, Royal Zambezi Lodge and Sausage Tree Camp; Gold members: Chongwe River House, Kasaka River Lodge; Silver Members: Mvuu LodgeKanyemba Lodge, River Grande Lodge.