Project Description

Support to wildlife protection efforts in the Lower Zambezi National Park

The Lower Zambezi ecosystem is home to one of Africa’s largest elephant populations however,
the area is also home to a growing human population. As a result, valuable resources need to be
shared and are competed for by humans and wildlife. This often leads to dangerous tension
between communities and wildlife. In addition to the threat of poaching for ivory and bush meat,
HEC is a constant threat to the safety of both the local elephant and human populations and to
the food security of the disadvantaged human population. With the support of IEF, the first HEC
Village Scout patrols began in January 2014 and have received an overwhelmingly positive
reception, with harvests increasing and attitudes towards wildlife and their protection improving,
all contributing to a significant decrease in poaching for the area. This year IEF continues its
support of the patrols in Luangwa and adds the support for the Environmental Education
Program which conducts outreach and conservation lessons in order to increase awareness and
build community support for conservation.

This project is supported in part by:

Kansas City Zoo