Help us establish the Rufunsa Rhino Conservancy Anti-Poaching team

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Rufunsa Rhino Conservancy is WildArk's latest biodiversity project in the Lower Zambezi region of Zambia, the Rufunsa Rhino Conservancy, in partnership with Zambian Wildlife Warriors and the Rufunsa Community.

Rufunsa Rhino Conservancy will focus on protecting and rehabilitating 29,000 ha of Rufunsa Community land that lies in a Game Management Area of the Rufunsa Municipality, approximately 140km east of Lusaka. The new conservancy forms a vital unfenced buffer zone to the north of the Lower Zambezi National Park (LZNP).

The initial stage of the project was the acquisition of 1,000 ha of land within the conservancy from the Rufunsa community, that will be established as an anti-poaching training centre, scientific camp and boma for the reintroduction of wildlife.

Once teeming with big game that roamed up the hills from the Lower Zambezi National Park to escape the summer heat, the area, like much of Zambia, has been left decimated due to hunting and poaching, as well as more recently the illegal wildlife trade. This land sits above the mountains that fall into the Zambezi Valley, and the vegetation is lush, with tropical forests and grasslands.

Founded by passionate conservationists Australian, Luke Arnold, and Zambian local Jonas Kunda, Arnold had been searching for many years for the perfect location to establish such a project. After working throughout Africa he recognised the need for rehabilitation, reintroduction and community engagement/awareness in Zambia, and reached out to his old friend and work colleague Jonas Kunda to join him on this journey and Zambian Wildlife Warriors was formed.

Together, WildArk, Zambian Wildlife Warriors and the Rufunsa Community have established the Rufunsa Rhino Conservancy to reintroduce game, assist in building an anti-poaching training, introduce a wildlife rehabilitation and reintroduction centre, conduct ecological research as well as provide job opportunities and education for the local community.

You can directly assist the project by helping us raise the funds to establish the anti-poaching team. Your donation will help bring wildlife back to Rufunsa.

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