Charity for people and nature

ChipembeleDid you know that the Luangwa Valley once had the highest concentration of black rhinos (one of the ‘big five’) on the African continent? High demand from the Far East made it possible for the last black rhino to be wiped out in the late eighties. Just to show you how vulnerable nature can be when people can do what they want.

When you visit the Luangwa you will most likely be overwhelmed by the beauty of nature. Unfortunately behind its beauty there is a dark side which could be managed but with a lot of effort and money. The Mfuwe area has a growing human population and a lot of people did have high expectations of work because of the growing tourism industry. But unfortunately it is only a relatively small number that is lucky enough to find work in one of the lodges and camps. Most of the local villagers have to find other income from nature sources, some are starting small shops and some are into farming or fisheries. Human and animal conflicts are inevitable. Crops are sometimes getting destroyed by hippos and elephants, people get killed by wildlife when they forage for wood. On the other hand, animals get killed for food or, even worse, for commercial reasons. So there are enough problems and if nothing is done soon, we will see some major changes in the long run. We have already noticed this year that snaring is on the increase. I have seen more animals with snares around body parts than in previous years.

Chipembele_Sign_Kids_1Rachel, the lady in charge of SLCS, is qualified to chemically dart animals that are injured because of snaring, so that she can remove the snares and treat the wounds. Over the years SLCS have managed to save many wild animals in the park and GMA that otherwise would have died. Particularly the wild dog is very prone to snaring as it tends to walk through the game trails where snares are often set for smaller antelope species.

To fight this problem we have educational programs, anti-poaching patrols and dedicated teams to manage the above mentioned. Most lodges support these programs by private donations but this is not sufficient. We have now introduced a levy for everyone staying in the Valley. By generating more funds and making sure the money is spent on the right project, we will be able to secure the beauty of the Valley for future years.

How you support by visiting the Luangwa Valley?

For every night that you are booked at Track and Trail River Camp, you will support the local community and the natural surroundings of the Luangwa Valley in the form of a Conservation & Community levy which goes to conservation and community projects in the Luangwa Valley carried out by SLCS and Chipembele

Track and Trail active for nature

Peter is a member of the HWPO’s (Honorary Wildlife Police Officers) This is a voluntary group of people that lives in The Valley, dedicated to help out ZAWA (Zambian Wildlife Authority) and SLCS with programs like anti-poaching, monitoring local hunting and providing financial aid if necessary.

‘Wildlife photography is my hobby. By donating a part of my earnings to organizations that fight so hard to conserve this natural surrounding I hope I can be privileged to enjoy this beautiful paradise for many and many years’.

I’m in the process of making a digital photobank for wildlife pictures. Individuals and companies can buy the use of my digital pictures and the revenue will go directly to one of the companies of your choice in the Luangwa Valley’

What else..

Track and Trail River Camp also sponsers a pupil sponsorship scheme. We ‘adopted’ a girl, her name is Anna whose parents passed away and her grandma is now taking care of Anna together with two sisters and one brother. What we basically do is cover the yearly costs for her education. Anna is a girl with potential and is set to achieve something in life but unfortunately the grandmother hasn’t got the funds to meet all the demands and wishes of her daughter’s children.

With small resources (about $200 a year) you will be able to do a lot for one individual. The more people think like this, the more can be achieved. Education is after all the engine of a country in the long run.

If you are interested in sponsoring a child, please contact Project Luangwa, as they are running a pupil sponsorship scheme in the Luangwa and they are very helpful if you have any questions about this program.