Conservation Lower Zambezi: Wildlife Ranger Challenge 2023
Conservation Lower Zambezi is taking on the Wildlife Ranger Challenge to raise awareness of the vital role our 56 rangers play in protecting Zambia's Lower Zambezi National Park, and supporting an estimated 280 livelihoods.
The Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia is home to a variety of ungulates, over 400 bird species, and IUCN Red List species including African wild dog, African savanna elephant, leopard, lion, hippopotamus, Temminck's pangolin, African clawless otter, African buffalo, and Burchell’s zebra.
Despite law enforcement efforts, poaching remains a major threat to wildlife in the region. Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ) is a non-profit organisation committed to the protection of wildlife and the sustainable use of natural resources in the Lower Zambezi. CLZ is centred around three main pillars of support: Wildlife Protection, Environmental Education, and Community Empowerment—actively working towards a vision of a valued, protected and thriving Lower Zambezi landscape.
The organisation works in collaboration with Zambia’s local wildlife authority, the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), to ensure the sustainability of wildlife in the Lower Zambezi Valley and their ecosystems.
The Wildlife Ranger Challenge, organised by Tusk, is a celebration of solidarity, connection and camaraderie for the ranger profession. Culminating on 16th September 2023, the campaign raises vital funds for Africa's biodiversity guardians.
The 2023 Wildlife Ranger Challenge will help CLZ and DNPW continue ranger patrols on the ground as well as operation of specialised units such as the Rapid Deployment Team, DNPW and CLZ Dog Unit, and the Marine Unit.
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In a field which has historically been dominated by men, Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ) and Zambia’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) recognise the importance of equality and the value women bring to protecting natural resources. In 2021, DNPW and CLZ created Kufadza, meaning “Inspire” in Goba, Zambia’s first all-female anti-poaching community scout unit. Now, of the 56 Community Scouts employed by CLZ and the Community Resource Boards, 22 are women.