Species & Protected Areas

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The WWF Zambia Species and Protected Areas Programme started in 2011. It is designed to coordinate and support various aspects of wildlife, forestry, and freshwater species conservation. It also deals with the complexities of protected areas management in the focal landscapes in Zambia.
Located at the convergence of Africa’s two large river systems, the Zambezi and the Congo Rivers,  Zambia lies within the southern Africa centre of endemism  and is thus is biologically very diverse. As a result of this Zambia has allocated almost 40% of its landmass to a protected area network that consists of 20 National Parks, 39 Game Management Areas, 450 Forest reserves and botanical reserves  as well as a number of National Heritage sites.
 The species and protected areas work focusses on supporting the management of priority species  which consist of endangered species (African Elephant, African Rhino, African Lion. African Wild dog, Shoebill, Zambezi Teak, pangolins), and a selected list of species of national importance (Lechwe species, hippopotamus, crocodile, Cheetah, leopard, Cranes, Mukwa, Mopane forests, and Indigenous fish species)

 Main partners

Department of National Parks and  Wildlife
Department of Fisheries
Forests department
Zambia Environmental Management Authority
Zambia Carnivores Programme
African Parks Networks
Peace Parks Foundation
Conservation Lower Zambezi
Game Rangers International
Community Resources Boards
Elephant Connections
KAZA secretariat

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Together we can protect some of the world's most vulnerable Species.

Focus Areas

  • Wildlife Management, CBNRM, Wildlife monitoring and Research, dealing with Wildlife crimes, 
  • In situ fisheries conservation
  • Forest resource management
  • Environmental management issues
  • Large carnivores research and management
  • Support to protected area management in Liuwa NP, Bangweulu GMA, Chiawa GMA, Luangwa valley, Lower Zambezi NP, Sioma Ngwezi NP and West Zambezi GMA
  • Support to trans frontier conservation initiatives
  • Wildlife Crimes Mitigation, Orphaned elephant care 
  • CBNRM in focal landscapes
  • Elephant Monitoring & research
  • Conservation activities in Sioma Ngwezi
  • Human Wildlife Conflict Mitigation in Lupande GMA and anti-snaring work in South Luangwa ecosystem