Funding the Frontline: Our Anti-Poaching Operations

Project Partners: Conservation South Luangwa

Duration: 2015 – To Date

Wildlife poaching, trafficking and habitat loss represent an escalating international conservation crisis, with the South Luangwa National Park and surrounding Game Management Areas in the midst of this crisis.

Dazzle Africa alongside its Zambian partner, Conservation South Luangwa (CSL), protect vulnerable and threatened species.

Why is this project important?

In 2018, we took part in supporting the scouts of Conservation South Luangwa by funding $20,000 for the Refresher Training Program for Scouts and Wildlife Police Officers. This program is helping improve scouts’ skills and knowledge in anti-poaching tactics in order to protect endangered wildlife in the South Luangwa National Park and surrounding Game Management Areas.

The success of anti-poaching missions relies on thorough and consistent training and preparation for all scouts and wildlife police officers. At a historical point of greatest challenge, funding these trainings increases the effectiveness of these missions and is essential in protecting wildlife in the South Luangwa.

In 2018, CSL scouts contributed to approximately 790-foot patrols and 99 aerial patrols, which resulted in the recovery of 101 tusks and 478 snare traps, the arrest of 82 suspects, and the confiscation of 78 illegal firearms and 850kgs of illegal bushmeat. We believe that with the support of scouts, poaching can be stomped out of the South Luangwa Valley.

Over the last four years, Dazzle Africa has supported multiple anti-poaching activities, operations and equipment.

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Stopping Poachers in their Tracks: Wings for Wildlife

Project Partners: Mike Paredes & Nancy Law, Conservation South Luangwa and Zambian Carnivore Programme

Duration: 2016 – To Date

South Luangwa National Park is one of the most abundant places on the planet, home to some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife. However, increased human pressure in the form of habitat destruction and poaching is sadly threatening the park’s wildlife. Monitoring and protecting wildlife populations solely by land is extremely difficult given the park’s sheer size, which is the equivalent to Yellowstone National Park, and remote areas, which is why the Wings for Wildlife project was born.

Dazzle Africa assists in operational funding for the Cessna 180 aircraft – the only aircraft in South Luangwa Valley of Zambia used for anti-poaching operations and large carnivore research. The aircraft is shared between our two partners, Conservation South Luangwa and Zambian Carnivore Programme.

Why is this project important?

Wings for Wildlife is allowing vast anti-poaching operations and scientific monitoring to take place which would otherwise be impossible if done exclusively by land.

Last year, with the help of Dazzle Africa’s funding, the aircraft flew over 200 hours of anti-poaching activities, covering over 28,000 km. This allowed the aerial team to report 23 suspicious persons, which led to 4 arrests. The team also spotted and reported 47 elephant carcasses, 27 drying racks and poaching camps, and other illegal activities in South Luangwa.

The anti-poaching airplane is instrumental in:

  • Tracking wild dogs and lions leading to several successful de-snaring operations.
  • Airdropping to ground teams and remote camps.
  • Providing effective aerial support to gunshot reports.
  • Providing a wide-range deterrent to would-be poachers in and around South Luangwa National Park.
  • Monitoring and mapping wild bushfires.
  • Providing urgent medical transport of Conservation South Luangwa detection dogs to Lusaka for life-saving treatment.

Wings for Wildlife is also helping:

  • Detect illegal wood-cutting and charcoal making as well as other habitat degradation.
  • Monitor illegal road construction inside South Luangwa National Park.
  • Conduct animal surveys and problem animal detection close to population centers.
  • Detect incidental observations of illegal activity while on animal tracking flights and incidental observations of non-collared large carnivores while on anti-poaching flights.
  • Provide the ability for office-based managers to quickly assess field-based operations from the air
  • Transport detection dogs for emergency veterinary care.

Thanks to our donors’ steadfast support, Dazzle Africa is able to help provide operational funding for this critical project and protect Zambia’s wildlife. Please support our work for Wings for Wildlife Give Today.