Community & Conservation Projects in Zimbabwe
This December we have been highlighting the many wonderful conservation initiatives that tourism lodges in Zimbabwe support and you as a client directly contribute to. Conservation is critical to ensuring Zimbabwe’s natural resources persist for generations to come. While Zimbabwe is a highly educated country, training opportunities are needed for Zimbabweans to learn new skills that aid in conservation and help better the lives of all.
Many of the lodges in Zimbabwe are linked to community or conservation organisations and offer support to these organisations that are invaluable. There are too many privately funded organisations to name them all so we will just concentrate on a few of the main players who we support.
A foundation committed to sustainable development, through creating opportunities that empower rural communities located in vulnerable wildlife areas in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia. They work to create these opportunities through education, community empowerment and conservation.
The Matusadona Lion Project has been provided with a based and logistical support at Changa Safari Camp since its onset. Changa is proud to support this conservation initiative and encourage participation with its guests to learn first hand from the Matusadona Lion Project team about conservation in Zimbabwe.
The Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit works to achieve conservation, wildlife protection and anti-poaching around Victoria Falls and the Zambezi National Park.
Our strategy is to develop lodges on the edges of parks or peripheral areas. The reason for this is twofold; firstly our footprint has less impact on the park, and secondly, our development is in conjunction with local communities, rather than central government.
The Trust is dedicated to protecting the area’s Indigenous fauna and flora, with local communities and stakeholders. Projects include but are not limited to, rehabilitation of injured/orphaned wildlife, anti-poaching and wildlife veterinary assistance, community-based projects and a conservation education program.
This Trust is an independent entity supporting a variety of wildlife management, research and education projects. The projects deal with the needs of existing wildlife populations, seek solutions to save endangered species and provide training for local communities. A portion of each guest’s fare is allocated to the Trust.