This being my first post on the forum, I am not sure if this is necessarily the correct area to post this. If not please let me know.
Having lived in Zambia my entire, relatively short life, I have seen the decline in wildlife populations in the Northern Kafue, sadly this is down not to a lack of effort, but purely an increase in demand for Bushmeat and other wildlife products, due to the burgeoning population of the North-Western Province and the Copperbelt, due to the Mines.
Anyway, we have recently taken over management of the Kasonso Busanga GMA, which borders onto the Busanga Plains, on the North-Western Boundary of the Park. We have been in the area since the beginning of the year and have experienced first-hand the threat facing the North-Western Kafue as a whole, in particular the Busanga Plains.
While the Kasonso Busanga is classed as a hunting area, we have made conserving the area our priority. We have committed to assisting with Anti-Poaching in not only our GMA, but the Busanga as a whole. We have established our own APU, the Kasonso Anti-Poaching Unit (https://www.facebook.com/KasonsoAPU/), the aim of this unit will first and foremost be to protect the Kasonso Busanga, but this will obviously spill over into the park, as we will do our best to prevent Poachers from getting into the park itself.
Our unit is solely funded by Ntengu Safaris, it is very well trained and equipped. The unit is made up of 18 well trained scouts (all armed), 1 x Bathawk Surveillance Aircraft, 1 x R44,
3 x Landcruisers and then a fast response Scout team on Motorcycles. We hope to see a major increase in wildlife populations in not on the Kasonso Busanga, but also the North-Western part of the park as well.
Our main camp is located on the Lushimba River, near the Lushimba Scout Post, for those who know the area. We hope to prove that collaboration between the operators in the GMA’s and people in the park can work. It is our belief that we are all here for one thing, our love of the wildlife and eco-systems of the Kafue. While we may come at it from different approaches, we all need to work towards one common goal, conserving the true Gem of the Kafue.
I look forward to any questions you may have.
Thanks for your time…..
A few pictures of our work and wildlife
This morning's flight.....