BOOSTING THE MORALE & WELFARE OF PARK RANGERS
The life of a Zimbabwe National Parks ranger posted for months at a time in the harsh, hot, insect-infested conditions of the Zambezi Valley can be extremely challenging. These men and women often risk their lives in the line of duty, protecting the nation's wildlife resources, and, while out on anti-poaching patrol face extreme conditions and gruelling physical hardships.
When they return to their remote Zambezi Valley National Park base stations, facilities are basic and there are very few "home comforts" available for them and their families to enjoy during their off-duty time.
The Zambezi Society is working through the Zambezi Elephant Fund and local tourism operators, to provide some facilities that will make the lives of these brave men and women a bit more comfortable, and help to boost their morale.
A brand new Recreational Centre is currently under construction (see above) and will ultimately house a range of recreational facilities for the rangers and their families.
Funding for the project is being provided by The Zambezi Elephant Fund and Bushlife Conservancy, with a contribution from tour operators, African Bush Camps. Further contribution pledges for the ongoing construction project have been received from Painted Dog Conservation and operators, Wilderness Safaris.
But there is still a lot of work to be done before the project is completed. Funds are still required to put in the floors, walls and interiors, including toilets. If you can help, please click the DONATE button below!
Meanwhile, in June 2018, a satellite television facility was installed in the Parks "library" room (above) so that rangers at Mana Pools and their families are able to relax and watch their favourite TV shows and sports matches during their leisure hours. The Zambezi Society organised a subscription to "Kwese" a popular local satellite TV station, and took a team of technicians to Mana to install a satellite dish, decoder and small generator. This facility will be moved into the new Recreation Centre, once it is complete.