On the border of Malawi and Zambia, we’re stopping poachers wherever they are.
The Malawi-Zambia border is home to three of the most stunning national parks in Southern Africa: Kasungu National Park in Malawi and Lukusuzi and Luambe National Parks in Zambia—which links 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
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.
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