Conservation Lower Zambezi are taking part in the Elephant Charge 2013 – with our team the CLZ Mudhogs. We would like to thank our sponsors above for helping support our team and conservation in Zambia.
After the successful CLZ training in August at which 30 more local farmers were taught how to grow chillies and use them for elephant-safe farming, there has been a very positive response from the Chiawa community.
With Stephen Kalio’s hard work and constant efforts, at least 8 chilli nurseries have been planted in the project area (seven villages closest to the western boundary of the Lower Zambezi National Park in the Chiawa Game Management Area). More nurseries are still being planted, we saw one in a washing up basin yesterday!
When the rains come, these nurseries will be planted out and hopefully next year we will have a bumper harvest of chillies to use to protect crops from hungry elephants. Some may even be sold as a cash crop to Rivonia.
Stephen is also planning a demonstration chilli fence and elephant-safe granary store over the coming weeks.
Originally from the Lower Zambezi area, Ambrogio went to Chiawa Basic School and Chitende High School. During his time at Chiawa Basic School he was involved in the CLZ Environmental Education Program (established in 2003) where his interest in conservation was born through learning about wildlife in Zambia.
Now 23 years old, after graduating from Chitende High School, Ambrogio has gone on to study Environmental Education at the University of Zambia (UNZA), Lusaka and is now in his penultimate third year. With some of the world’s most precious biodiversity amongst its landscapes Zambia is doing its best to educate the next generation about the importance of safeguarding wildlife. Conservation Lower Zambezi are delighted to welcome Ambrogio back to CLZ as a volunteer involved in the 2013 Environmental Education Program. Ambrogio will be participating in lessons and activities teaching the next generation of his local area about the significance of our local animals and plants in the eco-system, the dangers of poaching and deforestation and what we can do to help!
Welcome to the team Ambrogio!
Watch some interviews with teachers from schools bordering the Lower Zambezi National Park in the Chongwe district of Zambia, after their environmental education activity weekend at Conservation Lower Zambezi in August 2013. Thank you to the interviewees for expressing their opinions and Shaina Irwin, camerawoman.