Logistical support for the Nsama community scout anti-poaching unit for Nsumbu National Park, Zambia
Nsumbu National Park contains the last viable population of African elephants in northern Zambia and southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and the only population along the shores of Lake Tanganyika. This population of elephants is a remnant population of a once larger one extending into southern DRC. Poaching of elephants has been reduced drastically since 2012 due to support from international and local NGOs, but the number of government rangers in the area continues to be critically low. To protect the elephants and preserve conservation gains in the area, this project focuses on growing the Nsama Community Scout Protection Unit, a project supported by IEF since 2016. This year IEF will continue that support to ensure continued stability for this highly threatened and isolated African elephant population.