Conservation South Luangwa - Wildlife Ranger Challenge 2023
Conservation South Luangwa is taking on the Wildlife Ranger Challenge to raise awareness of the vital role their 300 rangers play in protecting Zambia's South Luangwa National Park, and supporting an estimated 3000 livelihoods.
Rangers are Africa’s unsung heroes. They hold diverse roles as conservationists, teachers, community support workers, leaders and much more.
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.
Situated in a wide rift valley in eastern Zambia, South Luangwa National Park stretches over 9,000 km2 of largely intact wilderness. The Luangwa Valley ecosystem is home to the country’s largest population of elephants, leopards, and wild dogs, and is one of 10 remaining lion strongholds on the continent.
Although South Luangwa supports a wide variety of species, poaching remains a significant threat. CSL practices a multi-faceted approach to wildlife resource management and protection, working in collaboration with Zambia's Department of National Parks and Wildlife to implement counter trade/trafficking measures including anti-poaching foot patrols, aerial surveillance, sniffer dog detection and tracking work, alongside direct community engagement.
The WRC has helped fund salaries, uniforms, equipment, and delivery of intensive training for over 100 scouts, enabling them to continue patrolling and protecting the wildlife of the Luangwa Valley. In 2023, support from WRC will help to improve strategic operations to apprehend wildlife crime suspects before crimes are committed, strengthen CSL’s aerial surveillance and provide salaries, equipment, training and welfare.
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Wildlife rangers operate on the very frontline of conservation across Africa, routinely making personal sacrifices to put their lives on the line to protect the continent’s magnificent wildlife and habitats. Yet they are so much more than just law enforcement officers: rangers are teachers, community support workers, mediators, researchers and so much more. Unfortunately, resources are not keeping pace with the scale of the challenges they are trying to tackle. For the fourth year running, the Wildlife Ranger Challenge sets out to redress this, by raising critical funding to cover operating costs, including salaries and equipment, for over 10,000 rangers. This will help them protect threatened wildlife and some of the continent's most vulnerable areas, while also protecting communities and securing coexistence with wildlife, as well as providing for their own families.