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Earning our stripes everyday

Update from Rachel:

It sometimes feels like we are living in a bubble out here. One of the new and treasured privileges of living in the bush this year is the unexpected appreciation we have for being able to carry on with our lives almost as normal.
Like all of you, we’ve faced difficulties but ours have mostly been financially based. We have kept up all of our work, human wildlife conflict mitigation, anti-poaching, community chilli programs, aerial surveillance and veterinary work, in fact not just kept it up but ramped it up in a rather big way. 
 

In conjunction with our primary partner, the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, we have been able to deploy more patrols this year than I can remember in my 20 years here. 

 

The supportive management in DNPW and CSL, the close partnership, the hard work of the anti-poaching teams and the same vision has enabled us to keep poaching so far to a minimum. This comes at a rather large financial cost (and of course some sleepless nights too) when all things are considered - fuel, rations, incentives, equipment, and vehicle maintenance and planes. We have also been lucky enough to retain all of our staff and keep everyone employed.
 
This has been made possible thanks to all of the individual donations made online and the amazing backing of old and new donors who have so very generously offered support. There really are too many people to mention individually but we would like to mention Mfuwe Lodge and The Bushcamp Company, Dazzle Africa, Elephant Crisis Fund, OAK Foundation through Wildlife Crime Prevention, Mark and Julie Mills, Lion Recovery Fund, TUSK, IUCN Save our Species co-funded by the European Union, USFW, INL, Painted Dog Inc and WWF Zambia..

New video showcasing our work 

This short video (2 mins) shows how we're protecting South Luangwa's wildlife with your help.

$20K Appeal: Basic Scout Kit

Photograph showing the escarpment forming the south-western boundary of the national park. A remote area with 2 scout camps (Kaumba and Chilungila)
I was able to visit some extremely remote camps recently on the south western boundary of South Luangwa with the Park Ranger, Senior Warden and our Law Enforcement Advisor and was dismayed to see the state of the camps and the equipment the scouts are using in the field. Their job is hard enough as it is but could be made a lot easier if they had adequate equipment.
 
Each scout needs basic kit to enable them to do their jobs. The teams at these camps are hardworking and generate good results so imagine what they could do with more help.


We intend to raise $20,000 to procure new basic scout equipment for all scouts in South Luangwa.


One set only costs $200 so please consider making a donation for a kit (boots, overalls for patrols, back pack, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, ground sheet, bush hat and rain boots). The motivation and results generated by this is amazing.

#CSLZambia Challenge - Update

 
Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun, you brought a smile to our faces with your interpretations. We love being part of such an amazing conservation community. Our highlights included (Clockwise from top left):
Click on the images below to link through to their challenge videos and don't forget to put Sound ON. Check out our instagram highlights for all the action. Missed the challenge? Click here.

A video call with Tusk's Royal Patron

TUSK continue to recognise, amplify and support our work, for which we're extremely grateful. Recently Rachel and Benson (top right) participated in an online forum with Tusk's Royal Patron HRH Duke of Cambridge (Bottom centre). This call was to discuss the impacts of the global pandemic on the conservation sector and the solutions being adopted across the continent. The call boosted morale for the whole team, and was a good reminder we're not alone and together the African conservation community is making a difference.  

How can you help?

Your support makes a big difference to our work, whether you are helping us to raise awareness or contributing financially we are extremely grateful. 
CSL will benefit from both the 'Tatenda' and 'Walk Luangwa 2020' initiatives. 

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