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Combating Wildlife Crime in the Malawi-Zambia Transboundary Landscape

Habitats cross borders—so do poachers

We secure the land, water, and airspace which animals and humans need to thrive.

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On the border of Malawi and Zambia, we’re stopping poachers wherever they are.

Problem

The Malawi-Zambia border is home to three of the most stunning national parks in Southern Africa: Kasungu National Park in Malawi, as well as Lukusuzi and Luambe National Parks in Zambia, which link Malawi to one of Africa’s crown jewels: the Luangwa Valley.

Together, these parks are home to hundreds of species, including critically endangered animals like the African wild dog. The rich beauty of the landscape and the even richer diversity of wildlife attract all kinds of conservationists, tourists—and poachers.

In Kasungu, poachers have significantly reduced the local lion and rhino populations, as well as the local elephant population. To make matters worse, law enforcement agencies do not have jurisdiction across borders. If poachers kill an animal in Malawi, they can escape arrest simply by crossing over into Zambia.

Kasungu Ranger Graduation

Solution

In 2015, Malawi’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife asked for our help in stopping Kasungu’s poaching problem. We helped to set up the department’s first intelligence and investigations unit to handle wildlife trafficking.

Thanks to our success, the government asked us to create a national task force that could extend beyond poaching to stop the trafficking and selling of animal parts as well.

London's Metropolitan Police Service helps us track down elusive poachers.

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Law Enforcement Partners

Local communities can provide powerful protection.

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Stopping Poachers
Impact
alleged poachers were arrested by the investigations unit within the first 20 months.
percent of those arrests led to convictions.
percent of those arrests led to jail sentences of at least three years.

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IFAW affiliates are registered as tax-exempt nonprofit organizations in several countries. Depending on where you reside, your donation may qualify for a tax deduction or benefit. See the pull-down menu at the bottom right of this page to see how IFAW operates in your country.

Combating Wildlife Crime in the Malawi-Zambia Transboundary Landscape

We secure the land, water, and airspace which animals and humans need to thrive.

Learn more
#KeepItWild
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