How will your donation help?
FOOD PARCEL FOR ONE ANTI-POACHING RANGER ON PATROL
COMMUNITY AWARENESS & INTELLIGENCE GATHERING
ANTI-POACHING BOAT/VEHICLE COSTS
CLEARING OF ROADS FOR ANTI-POACHING ACCESS
3-DAY WEAPONS TRAINING COURSE
1 X CAMP 1 X MONTH
CO-FUNDING FOR REMOTE, SEASONAL, ANTI-POACHING "FLY-CAMPS"
FOOD FOR 20 x ANTI-POACHING RANGERS ON PATROL
US$ 2,400 (1 x MONTH); US$ 29,000 (1 x YEAR)
Anti-poaching rangers require dry food rations (e.g. maize meal, salt, tea, sugar) to sustain them while out on patrol in the remote areas of the Zambezi Valley for several days. Supplies are purchased in bulk from local suppliers at preferential rates and distribution is carefully controlled by station heads.
WEAPONS TRAINING COURSES FOR 10 x RANGERS
Parks anti-poaching rangers in the Zambezi Valley need a high level of training in weapons handling and use. However, the basic para-military training currently available to them is insufficient. In order to improve the quality of marksmanship and professionalism among rangers, a group of safari guides and weapons specialists have designed specific anti-poaching training 3-day “refresher” courses for 10 rangers at a time. These are very successful. Skills and morale of individual rangers have improved, and since the training began, Zambezi Valley anti-poaching patrols have achieved a much higher success rate than previously against poaching gangs on the ground.
PATROL DEVICES & EQUIPMENT (GPS, TRAIL CAMERAS, DATA CAPTURE)
US$ 16,000 (40 x DEVICES)
Anti-poaching, research, and data capture for conservation work cannot be undertaken in the extremely remote areas of the Zambezi Valley without the assistance of various electronic devices e.g. hand-held GPSs for navigation and tracking, trail cameras for wildlife research and anti-poaching surveillance, and computers for recording and capturing data for management purposes. The work of rangers and management of Zambezi Valley National Park areas is currently hampered by a severe lack of this much-needed equipment.
Their efficiency will be considerably improved if they have the right tools for the job.
ANTI-POACHING VEHICLE (SECOND HAND)
The ZimParks authority does not have sufficient vehicles to deploy anti-poaching rangers or to react quickly and efficiently to poaching incidents in the remote areas of the Zambezi Valley. They rely on the assistance of private sector conservation organisations who provide dedicated 4x4 anti-poaching vehicles and employ their own salaried drivers to ensure that vehicles are carefully driven and maintained.
The vast area and rough nature of the Zambezi Valley terrain means that more vehicles are needed.
VEHICLE & BOAT REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE, FUEL, DRIVERS.
US$ 1,250 (PER MONTH); US$ 15,000 (PER YEAR)
The costs of running and maintaining 4x4 anti-poaching vehicles and boats for ranger deployment throughout the Zambezi Valley are high. Conditions are harsh and the area to cover is considerable - e.g. average mileage for ranger deployments by vehicle is roughly 3500kms per month. In 2018, The Zambezi Society will be running a new aluminium patrol boat on the Zambezi River out of Nyamepi in Mana Pools and employing a dedicated coxswain.
Assistance will be constantly needed for fuel supplies, driver salaries, repairs and maintenance.
This is essential for providing rewards and incentives to individuals for successful anti-poaching outcomes. The fund is also used for unexpected or unplanned expenses which can occur in anti-poaching work (e.g. medical expenses for injured rangers etc).
This fund is to ensure that, at the discretion of the implementing agency involved, such occurrences can be catered for.