Happy New Year from CLZ! The rains started on 11th December and CLZ Base Camp has seen 318 mm of rain since. The park has erupted in a sea of green, and the female impala have most certainly dropped their calves. The park may be quiet of visitors, but we’re as busy as ever! Poaching pressure continues and CLZ continue to work with Zambia Wildlife Authority-ZAWA every day to deploy scout teams, Village Scouts are heading to the villages of the Chiawa GMA for support during peak Human-Wildlife Conflict season, information on Human-Wildlife Conflict is being collected, our new Environmental Education Curriculum is being developed and Base Camp is having a well-needed spruce up! Operations Manager Rabson Tembo is off to South Africa next week to begin his training as a pilot to carry out aerial patrols under the guidance of our CEO, and we are looking forward to two more members of staff joining the team next week. Thank you to all our donors and members who enable us to work all year round, through impassable roads, heavy rains, stormy skies and troublesome elephants! These include African Wildlife Foundation, Awely – Wildlife and People, Beit Trust, International Elephant Foundation, Tusk Trust, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as well as all our Platinum, Gold, Silver, corporate, family and individual members. Thank you!
The CLZ Mudhogs came a close second at this year’s very special Zambian Independence Golden Jubilee Elephant Charge, chasing the heels of the victorious Autoworld team. Thank you to ARC Aviation and Celtic , main sponsors of the Mudhogs and to all the sponsors of the Elephant Charge!
The Elephant Charge challenges teams of cars and motorbikes to complete a grueling course through the Zambian bush. The event is held at a different location each year over Zambia’s Independence weekend in late October.
The Elephant Charge is an major supporter of CLZ – the funds raised are essential for the running of CLZ’s Environmental Education Programme. Click here to see the other organisations benefitting from the Elephant Charge.
“Working today, to protect tomorrow”
Conservation Lower Zambezi is a Zambian non-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to the conservation and sustainable use of the local wildlife and natural resources of the Lower Zambezi for the present and future generations of Zambia. CLZ intend to achieve this through:
- wildlife protection – assisting Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) anti-poaching patrol deployments and training as well as supporting a local Community Resource Board Village Scout unit;
- environmental education through outreach in schools and visits to our CLZ environmental education centre; and
- supporting local community development projects, especially human wildlife conflict mitigation.
The Lower Zambezi National Park and surrounding game management areas are home to a wide range of biodiversity including at least four threatened species according to the IUCN red list (African elephant, hippo, lion and African wild dog). Illegal poaching of three kinds: commercial ivory; commercial bushmeat; and subsistence poaching remains a constant threat in this area due to proximity to the capital of Zambia, Lusaka and one of the main transport links, the Great East Road.
Communities inhabiting the areas surrounding the Lower Zambezi National Park are often faced with many hardships and challenges in their every day lives. With education attainment levels low and livelihood opportunities few, many people rely heavily on natural resources for income, health and nutrition. Deforestation, overfishing and poaching are environmental issues threatening the vital local eco-system and the CLZ environmental education program helps schools and communities understand the importance of natural resources to every day life.
We rely entirely on donations from individuals and institutions, 100% of which are used directly for conservation activities. We are grateful to our partner Zambia Wildlife Authority for their collaboration and support.
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CLZ are thrilled to announce that Tusk Trust have granted match funding for Rabson Tembo, CLZ’s Operations Manager, to train for his Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL). With this qualification, Rabson will be trained to carry out aerial wildlife patrols in the skies across the Lower Zambezi National Park.
Rabson’s journey with CLZ started as a student when he was 14 years old. He first visited CLZ through the Environmental Education Programme (EEP), which ignited his passion for conservation. He grew up in Chiawa village, adjacent to the Lower Zambezi National Park and in 2009, Rabson came to CLZ as communications officer. He is now responsible for CLZ’s anti-poaching programme, Village Scout unit and he oversees collaboration with the Zambia Wildlife Authority for law enforcement operations.
Aerial patrols in CLZ’s Cessna 172 are an essential part of the wildlife protection programme for the area – around 30% of all illegal activity discovered is found from the ‘eyes in the skies’, where Rabson and his sharp eyes currently form part of the aerial patrol team. Now he will be progressing from spotter to pilot and after his initial training will be learning the ways of aerial patrols under CEO Ian Stevenson.
This grant is a hugely significant step for Rabson, both personally and professionally, and will further secure CLZ ‘s continuity and goal to be led by those who have grown up in the Lower Zambezi and dedicated their lives to conservation.