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Our impact on wildlife

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What is the issue?


Our planet’s wildlife is in crisis – numbers have fallen by more than half since 1970, and species are going extinct at an alarming rate. Zambia is no exception. Wildlife populations of species in Zambia, such as Rhino and the Kafue Lechwe are on a rapid decline.

Human actions threaten wildlife in two main ways: by destroying and damaging the places where species live, and by using them in ways that are unsustainable.

What are we doing?


We want to see wildlife thriving. We work with many partners to achieve this. 
 
In Sioma Ngwezi National Park, Liuwa plains and the Bangweulu wetlands, we have been working with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife and other stakeholders to restore wildlife numbers, and protect them and their habitats.

In South Luangwa, we are working with Conservation South Luangwa around the use of chili as a mitigation measure to prevent human-wildlife conflict. Identified households are enrolled in a chili programme that involves various training's on the farming of chili, chili blasting, how to use chili as elephant restraining fences, trial conflict free zones, watch towers and elephant safe grain stores. In addition, the chilies that are grown locally as a deterrent to elephants are also processed, labelled and sold in lodges and some shops, providing a source of income to these families.
 

How do we do this?


Here is one example of how we are working with partners to restore wildlife populations.

 

What are the big wins?

Working hand-in-hand with the Zambian government, through the department of National Parks and Wildlife, and other partners, we have achieved the following results;
 
  1. Increased and stable wildlife populations in key, and previously under stocked landscapes. So far, we have translocated over 400 animals to Sioma Ngwezi National Park since 2017 including; Zebra, Impala and Wildebeest. Restocked animals are already producing offspring. 
  2. WWF has sunk boreholes to stabilize water points in In Sioma Ngwezi National Park and provide communities in the Game Management Area with water, this has reduced the incidences of Human-Wildlife Conflict.
  3. In the Bangweulu wetlands, we have trained communities on how to construct sustainable beehives, how to harvest and process honey. Communities are now stewards and are protecting forests and finding alternatives to poaching.
  4. WWF has piloted the use of drones for conservation in Zambia, to enhance wildlife research and monitoring in key landscapes. So far, with partners, we have trained 10 personnel from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, Conservation South Luangwa and African Parks. 
  5. WWF has installed modern communication infrastructure in the Kafue National Park. This has resulted in; enhanced wildlife crime intelligence, anti-poaching and anti-trafficking operations.
  6. WWF has also enhance participation of local communities in Silowana Complex (KAZA) in wildlife law enforcement through strengthened collaboration, capacity building and incentive.