The Zambezi Society works passionately to conserve wildlife and wilderness values in the Zambezi Valley
We are committed to initiating rapid, well-informed and effective action to:
- Maintain the Zambezi river basin’s biodiversity (its variety and abundance of species and eco-systems)
Conserve Zambezi wildernesses and promote the recognition of their values
Ensure that conservation is incorporated into planning for the whole Zambezi river basin
Encourage people to find ways of using the natural resources of the Zambezi basin without destroyed them
WHERE WE OPERATE
Our activities are focused on the southern section of the Zambezi Valley, within Zimbabwe, which is one of the world’s largest, contiguous areas of protected, unsettled, wild land set aside for natural resource conservation.
The Zambezi Valley includes:
- 2 UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES (Victoria Falls and Mana-Sapi-Chewore)
- 5 NATIONAL PARKS Parks (Zambezi, Victoria Falls, Chizarira, Matusadona and Mana Pools)
- 9 SAFARI AREAS
- The Middle Zambezi BIOSPHERE RESERVE
- 2 RAMSAR wetland sites of international importance (Victoria Falls and Mana Pools)
- 3 IMPORTANT BIRD AREAS (Zambezi, Chizarira and Mana Pools)
The Zambezi Society was formed in 1982 to lobby against a dam site in the Mupata Gorge which would have flooded the Zambezi Valley in the Mana Pools area. The proposal was abandoned and Mana Pools-Sapi-Chewore was later declared a World Heritage Site.
Since then, the Zambezi Society has worked closely with local and global organisations and communities to deliver many successful conservation projects and awareness campaigns. Our work is informed by research and a deep-love and local knowledge of the Zambezi Valley.