The conservation of South Luangwa National Park needs ongoing support. Kafunta Safaris recognises that our quality of life and operation is underpinned by the health of our unique ecosystems and the involved communities. The ecosystems and species here, including ourselves, form an intricate and interconnected web of life which is a treasure in its own right. The natural world contributes to the food we eat and materials we use, the quality of our water and soils, our climate, and ultimately the ability of our environment to support all life. The conservation of South Luangwa is supported by Kafunta through Conservation South Luangwa and Trees for Zambia.
Kafunta Safaris supports the:
Conservation South Luangwa
(CSL), which is a non-profit community based organisation. Conservation South Luangwa is committed to the conservation of the local wildlife and natural resources of the South Luangwa National Park, Zambia and surrounding Game Management Areas.
Various projects are initiated and monitored by CSL. We know that unless we protect our environment and create an awareness within the visitors and the people living here, a valuable and necessary piece of earth may be lost or destroyed. To protect nature is to create a future for coming generations.
Snaring is one of the worst kinds of poaching as it is indiscriminate and targets virtually every species. Although most snares are laid to catch smaller antelope for meat, many snares are set for buffalo and hippo and more often than not other animals such as lions, hyaenas and elephants are also caught.
Snaring is also one of the most gruesome ways to kill an animal, as unlike shooting where death is usually immediate, death by snaring can take anything from days to weeks and sometimes even months. The pain will be excruciating and the animal eventually dies from starvation and infection.
Uyoba Community School, based about 5km’s from the South Luangwa National Park, Zambia, was founded in 1994. The school was initially set up to assist parents in the area who had difficulties raising the necessary school fees, and to create a learning environment where no uniforms or shoes are required.
For many years teachers held their classes under a wild mango tree but to date, with the support of CSL, the school has three classrooms and two teacher offices. We are currently fundraising to build two teacher’s houses.
CSL supports 46 Kakumbi Village scouts with technical support, uniforms, rations, deployments, all patrol equipment, housing, incentives and bonuses and at the same time provides salaries for 36 scouts.
These scouts conduct regular patrols in and around the national park and have removed thousands of snares over the years that they have been operating. They have the support from the local communities and this plays a vital role in the protection of the wildlife in the area.
Human animal conflict is becoming an increasing problem in South Luangwa partly due to the ever increasing human population just outside the national park. South Luangwa does not have any man made boundaries and animals have the freedom to move outside of the park.
During the farming season, fields are regularly devastated by elephants and hippos. Grain storage facilities within villages are also poor and often demolished.
CSL is trying to address this situation using the chilli fence method. This is a simple cost effective way of deterring elephants, hippos and bushpigs using sisal rope, used engine oil, grease, old bits of cloth and crushed dried chilli. The paste is mixed and applied to the string surrounding the fields. Elephant dung bricks are also made using elephant dung and crushed chilli, and are set alight during the night to smoulder and deter elephants.
Workshops are held in the field and CSL uses a “real” field for demonstration. It is essential that farmers accept ownership of the fence and do not rely on CSL to continue to provide materials. To achieve this CSL also supply farmers with seedlings for growing chillies.
“To make up for the world’s loss of trees in the past decade, we would need to plant 1.3 million square kilometers, an area as large as Peru. Accomplishing that would mean planting about 14 billion trees every year for 10 years in a row.”
Deforestation is a serious threat to the whole of Zambia and generally a problem in the rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. People need to use wood to survive but there is no culture of replacing trees. Deforestation for agriculture is also an issue in many areas.
Trees planted in rural reforestation projects will:
For three weeks in July 2012, Greenpop (Trees for Zambia) hosted an exciting reforestation and eco education project in Livingstone, Zambia; the country with one of the highest deforestation rates in the world. They planted in excess of 5,000 indigenous and fruit trees within the Victoria Falls World Heritage Site, Dambwa Forest, and at schools around Livingstone. In addition, they set up workshops at schools and with local farmers on sustainable living and conservation issues. This is the start of an ongoing campaign to make Livingstone a greener and more sustainable environment.
Kafunta Safaris supported this project by buying trees. Currently there isn’t a similar initiative in the Mambwe District (which is the district of the Luangwa Valley). We hope to support similar projects for this area.
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