Zambian Education Officer wins Disney Conservation Hero Award
Zambian Education Officer, Sylvester Kampamba, has been honoured with a Conservation Hero Award from the Disney Conservation Fund in recognition of his achievements teaching Zambian school children to protect rhinos.
In the 1970s and 80s Zambia’s entire rhino population was poached; rhinos were officially declared extinct in 1998 after more than a decade without recorded sightings. Rhinos were reintroduced to Zambia in North Luangwa National Park by the Frankfurt Zoological Society’s North Luangwa Conservation Programme (NLCP) between 2003 and 2010. Animals were translocated from South Africa in what was then the biggest undertaking of its kind. Since the associated education programme began, the population has continued to grow and no rhinos have been poached in the region; bucking continental trends. (Across Africa, over 6,000 rhinos have been poached for their horns since the current poaching crisis began in 2006.)
Sylvester is a real role model to the children and this award is so well-deserved. Claire Lewis, Technical Advisor to the North Luangwa Conservation Programme
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