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Local residents graduate from scout training to protect North Luangwa ecosystem in Zambia

45 scout recruits have graduated from Chunga Training School in Kafue, Zambia. The recruits have been selected from the communities adjoining North Luangwa National Park.

Joint press release by the Zambia Department of National Parks and Wildlife, Save the Elephants and Frankfurt Zoological Society
Scout graduation, Kafue, Zambia. Photo: Ed Sayer/FZS
The recruits have been selected from the communities adjoining North Luangwa National Park. Photo: Ed Sayer
“We greatly welcome the reinforcement to the scout patrols, especially as recruiting North Luangwa residents is the result of efforts to reach out to and to engage with the local communities,” says Ed Sayer, Frankfurt Zoological Society’s project leader. “The National Park is providing jobs to local residents and local residents play a critical role in the protection of their ecosystem.”

The training, funded by Save the Elephants and Wildlife Conservation Network’s Elephant Crisis Fund, took place at Chunga Training School in Kafue National Park. The school is the TAVETA scout training facility in Zambia recognised by the Zambian Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TEVETA).

The new scouts will be deployed to conduct foot-patrols in North Luangwa National Park to counter poaching. The best recruits will be selected to boost the manpower in the National Park’s advanced tactical Rhino and Elephant Protection Unit.

The North Luangwa Conservation Programme is a partnership between FZS and the Zambian Department of National Parks and Wildlife to conserve 25,000 square kilometres of the North Luangwa ecosystem. Founded in 1986, the partnership focuses on all aspects of protected area management. The ecosystem, a pristine wilderness area with the North Luangwa National Park at its heart, is Zambia’s elephant stronghold and home to the country’s only black rhinos.

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