Project Reports

In most cases it is a requirement that the results of a Zambezi Society project are compiled into a detailed and comprehensive Report Document once the project has been completed. Some of these are available for download online. Others may be ordered in hardcopy from the Zambezi Society, subject to a charge to cover the reproduction, packaging and postage costs associated with these large documents.

The following project reports are publicly available:


Predator survey: mana pools - 2015

Mana Pools National Park Predator Survey

Jul - Oct 2015.   WILDCRU & The Zambezi Society in collaboration with Cheetah Conservation Project Zimbabwe, Wild Dog Conservation & Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority.

national elephant management plan for zimbabwe - 2015-2020

Zimbabwe National Elephant Management Plan  2015 - 2020.

2015. Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority in collaboration with all stakeholders.

proceedings of the sebungwe elephant management plan workshop - 2015

Sebungwe Elephant Management Plan Workshop -  19-22 May 2015

Proceedings of a workshop held at Musango Safari Camp, Kariba,

19-22 May 2015. Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority in collaboration with all stakeholders. 

anti-poaching workshop, mana pools - 2015

Mana Pools Anti-Poaching Workshop - Summary Report

Summary Report of a collaborative workshop held by ZPWMA at Chirundu Safari Lodge, Zambezi River to develop an anti-poaching strategy for Mana Pools National Park and neighbouring Safari Areas. 

30 March–2 April 2015.  Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority in partnership with the Mana Pools Anti-Poaching Collaborative Body

leopards in zimbabwe - preliminary report - 2012

Preliminary Report for Leopards in Zimbabwe

Proceedings of a workshop held in Harare, to discuss the Preliminary “non-detriment finding (NDF) assessment” for leopards in Zimbabwe.  This is used to determine whether CITES quotas of species affected by trade are justified.  

4-5th December 2012.  ZPWMA – David J Newton, P.A. Lindsey and R. Chikerema-Mandisodza. 

status and distribution of carnivores & levels of human-carnivore conflict in protected areas in the zambezi basin - 2007

A review of the status and distribution of carnivores, and levels of human carnivore conflict, in the protected areas and surrounds of the Zambezi Basin

This review started the process of determining priorities for carnivore conservation in the Zambezi basin and of assisting governments and other management institutions to conserve carnivore species more effectively. 

2007.   Dr G Purchase/C Mateke/D Purchase, Zambezi Society.

first zambezi valley wilderness training course - 2006

First Zambezi  Valley training course in wilderness concepts and practice

Summary Report of a 10-day seminar for National Parks managers from Zimbabwe and Zambia, held at RIFA camp, on the Zambezi River.

September 2006.  Zambezi Society/Wilderness Action Group/CEAD

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BIODIVERSITY OF THE Four Corners AREA: Information Awareness Packs - 2004

Three Biodiversity Information Packs produced by The Zambezi Society for the African Wildlife Foundation’s Four Corners Transboundary Natural Resource Management Initiative. They provide “interpreted” biodiversity information for key development planning, educational, land management and other stakeholders in the Four Corners area.

June & August 2004.  Zambezi Society/Biodiversity Foundation for Africa

These packs are available online as PDF downloads:

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Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area - 2004

Produced by The Zambezi Society/Biodiversity Foundation for Africa partnership for the African Wildlife Foundation‘s Four Corners Transboundary Natural Resource Management Initiative. It provides an Overview of the Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area, 14 technical reviews, a searchable Bibliography and a description of the establishment of a Biodiversity Monitoring Plot in the area.

June 2004.  Zambezi Society/Biodiversity Foundation for Africa

These are all available online as PDF downloads:-

Chap 1: Introduction and Overview

Chap 2: Geomorphology

Chap 3: Ecological Processes 

Chap 4: Vegetation

Chap 5: Plants 

Chap 6: Mammals

Chap 7: Birds

Chap 8: Reptiles & Amphibians 

Chap 9: Fish 

Chap 10: Butterflies

Chap 11: Soil Fauna 

Chap 12: Aquatic Invertebrates 

Chap 13: Mammal Movements & Migrations 

Chap 14: Elephant Movements

Chap 15: Elephant Impacts

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Biodiversity and Wilderness around Lake Cabora Bassa, Mozambique - 2002

April 2002. Zambezi Society/Biodiversity Foundation for Africa. Available online as PDF downloads:-

Produced by the Zambezi Society/Biodiversity Foundation for Africa partnership at the request of the Mozambican authorities.  This report examines the area around Lake Cahora Bassa in terms of biodiversity and wilderness value so that planning decisions about land use can be made taking these factors into consideration.


Structure and condition of Zambezi Valley dry forests and thickets

Summary of a study carried out by The Zambezi Society to examine the biodiversity, structure and condition of dry deciduous forest and thicket in the mid-Zambezi Valley in Northern Zimbabwe and Tete Province, Mozambique. Often used as refuges by elephants, these habitat patches have particular conservation significance in southern Africa because they are examples of a vegetation type which is rare and threatened wherever it still occurs.

January 2002.   Zambezi Society

Elephants, Land and People in Magoe, Guruve and Muzarabani Districts - 2001

Proceedings of a transboundary workshop held by The Zambezi Society in July 2001 to plan a collaborative elephant management framework and strategy for three key Zambezi valley districts on the Zimbabwe/Mozambique border.

December 2001. Zambezi Society

biodiversity of the zambezi basin wetlands: phase I - 1998

Biodiversity of the Zambezi Basin Wetlands:  Phase I - Review and preliminary assessment of available information

Published by the Zambezi Society in partnership with the Biodiversity Foundation for Africa, and undertaken as part of a study for IUCN, The World Conservation Union. An outline of the evolution of the Zambezi system and its influence on ecosystems and species; details of existing knowledge of the biodiversity of the Barotseland, Chobe, Lower Shire and Zambezi Delta wetlands; preliminary assessments of sites and species that may need conservation actions; and likely future Zambezi wetlands conservation needs.

May 1998.  Zambezi Society/Biodiversity Foundation for Africa

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Biodiversity of the Zambezi Basin Wetlands: Phase II - 2000

Published by the Zambezi Society in partnership with the Biodiversity Foundation for Africa. This provides a detailed evaluation of he biodiversity of the Zambezi wetland areas. The full document contains four volumes.

July 2000. Zambezi Society/BFA

Available here as PDF downloads:-

Perceptions of wilderness & its importance to zambezi valley tourism - 2000

The Zambezi River: Wilderness and Tourism

Summary of two surveys undertaken by the Zambezi Society during 98/99 to gather information about people’s perceptions of wilderness, its main values, its importance to Zambezi River visitors and users and the specific factors which enhance or detract from it. The findings are aimed at tourists, policy-makers and planners, investors, developers and consultants undertaking Environmental Impact Assessments on their behalf, custodians of wild areas and tourism operators.

October 2000. Sally Wynn, Zambezi Society

elephant tracking for research and management in muzarabani, mid-zambezi valley, northern zimbabwe - 2000

Elephant research and management in Muzarabani District and the Mid-Zambezi Valley

Outline of work carried out by The Zambezi Society tracking elephant movements by radio telemetry for two years in northern Zimbabwe to provide recommendations for future elephant management in the area.

October 2000.  Zambezi Society/Mid-Zambezi Elephant Project (MZEP)

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Sites of interest for botanical conservation in the communal lands of the Zambezi Valley in Zimbabwe and identification of appropriate conservation measures - 1996-1999

Published by The Zambezi Society and the Biodiversity Foundation for Africa. A detailed description of 80 sites of high botanical interest in six Zimbabwean districts, and work being done to conserve some of them. 

1996 - 1999. Zambezi Society/BFA