GRI is involved in numerous conservation efforts in Southern Africa. The directors of EWI have
previously supported this organisation in their own personal capacities. Two programmes of
enormous interest are the Elephant orphanage whereby young elephants that are orphaned
through poaching are hand reared and eventually released back into Kafue National Park into an
already established herd.
Any subscriber with EWI is entitled to get a complimentary tour of this facility.
GRI are also involved in saving the Scaly Anteater. EWI aims to involve itself in the funding of this as well as investigating a captive-breeding programme for this species. Without captive breeding, the species will probably become extinct. The intention is to release all anteaters back into the wild in the future.
Along with these larger conservation projects, EWI will have smaller projects ranging from cleaning up river systems and monitoring them, to eradicating alien vegetation in the areas we collect funds from.
It is our goal that we don't only work apart from our members, but that the invitation to get involved is open for all. Our members will be notified of every conservation event that they sign up for before each project is initiated. The projects will go ahead regardless, but we encourage that each member gives attention to their own visions and goals for their community
Game Rangers International (GRI) is a Zambian conservation organisation, working alongside the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) to protect the wildlife in Zambia. The organisation has been active in Kafue National Park (KNP) since 2008, originally founded to protect the threatened elephant population in KNP through law-enforcement, animal welfare, education and outreach.
GRI has developed over the years and to encompass the following themes; law-enforcement, community outreach and education, research and policy, anti-trafficking, animal welfare and park maintenance. GRI currently implements five projects:
1GRI - Kafue Conservation Project (KCP) - Providing welfare, training and operational support to wildlife personnel on the front line of endangered species protection. Implementing community outreach and education programmes in the communities around Kafue National Park.
2GRI - Elephant Orphanage Project (EOP) - Rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing orphaned elephants back into the wild.
3GRI – Wildlife Crime Prevention Project (WCPP) – Promoting nationwide conservation of wildlife through wildlife crime prevention, education and outreach and research and policy.
4GRI – Wildlife Veterinary Project (WVP) –rescuing and rehabilitating wild animals. that have been injured as a result of human activities, such as poaching and snaring.
5GRI – Zambia Primate Project (ZPP) - Rescuing and rehabilitating injured, orphaned and illegally held vervet monkeys and yellow baboons for release back in the wild.
GRI takes a holistic approach to conservation and development, rooted in the belief that the key to sustainable, long term utilisation of Zambia’s natural wealth is best achieved by the full participation of its citizens in managing these vital, internationally important eco-systems. These areas do not only contain a diversity of wildlife, they are also important cultural resources that provide opportunities for tourism, conservation education and research as well as contributing to the socio-economic well-being of the surrounding local communities and Zambia as a whole.
The first month of 2015, GRI – Kafue Conservation Project (KCP) could proudly review the results
of 2015’s anti-poaching operations in Kafue National Park. That year, the Department of National
Parks and Wildlife’s Special Anti-Poaching Unit (SAPU) undertook a total of 3973 Man Patrol Days,
which resulted in the apprehension of 160 poachers, the recovery of 94 firearms, 206 snares, 15
kg of ivory and 6010 kg of bush meat.
In January, KCP - Community Outreach and Education Department partnered with the Lusakabased NGO ZEHRP to deliver a week-long workshop on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in the south of Kafue National Park. 18 individuals were trained as community mobilisers to go door-to-door to promote the sexual health services that are provided at the Basanga Health Clinic. A further 21 community members were trained as couples counsellors and HIV testers. The new counsellors tested over 60 couples in just one weekend and stocked the clinic with contraceptives. The trainees have since formed an action group and are meeting regularly to discuss how they can expand this highly valued service into other communities.
In January GRI – Wildlife Crime Prevention Project (WCPP) received approval from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) to conduct a study into the illegal bushmeat trade in Zambia. “Assessing the drivers, scale and impacts of illegal hunting and the bushmeat trade in western Zambia, and identifying solutions needed to address the issue" will be conducted in partnership with Panthera and the Zambia Carnivore Programme with support from UN FAO. Two research assistants have been employed and have now commenced their fieldwork. The illegal bushmeat trade is one of the most dangerous threats to Zambia's vulnerable wildlife. Ungulate and other wildlife populations are being decimated by poaching for bushmeat, which is carried out using firearms, but also wire snares which causes a horribly slow and painful death to any animals that are caught. Poaching for bushmeat affects all other wildlife populations, especially predators such as lions, cheetahs and wild dog.