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Protecting Wildlife in South Luangwa

Our long term support for the South Luangwa Conservation Society in Zambia continues as snaring and poaching sees no decline over the years. Their essential work in de-snaring and veterinary intervention has saved thousands of lives.

Illegal snaring for bush meat in Zambia's Luangwa Valley is widespread and represents a major threat to important non target species such as elephants, lions and wild dogs. Over recent years SLCS has detected and treated over 120 elephants with wire snares, over 700 snared animals of other species, apprehended 11 poaching units and saved an estimated 1046 animals through de-snaring programs. This project is aimed at continuing to reduce widespread illegal snaring activities and identifying and treating snared animals in the Luangwa Valley through supporting the community based village scout anti-poaching patrols, wildlife rescue of snared animals and aerial surveillance.

The South Luangwa Conservation Society (SLCS) began as a body of people that could respond quickly to the poaching incidents that were increasing beyond the Zambia Wildlife Authority’s capacity. Initially funded by safari operators and lodge owners, in 2003 they were named SLCS and became part of the Zambia Wildlife Authority, giving the response group more power and protection. This project is supported by the Taronga Foundation and the Elephant team at Taronga Western Plains Zoo through the sales of elephant paintings.

What Can You Do?

Keep an eye out for trade in wildlife products: Illegal international trade in wildlife including many bird and reptile species and products such as ivory, rhino horn and tiger bone has increased dramatically in recent years. This practice is decimating our natural resources at an unprecedented rate. Groups working on the ground to stop this are not given the legal power or financial support necessary to track and prosecute these highly efficient, organised criminals. Speak out about this important issue – tell local, state and federal or international authorities that you support action to conserve wildlife and their habitats.