Support to wildlife protection efforts in the Lower Zambezi National Park, ZambiaSandra Binns2021-04-11T13:27:15-06:00
Support to wildlife protection efforts in the Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
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, there is intense competition between humans and elephants for the limited valuable resources leading to dangerous tension between communities and wildlife. This, in addition to the threat of poaching for ivory and bushmeat 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, contributing to a significant decrease in poaching for the area.