Wildlife Conservation

Speaking for the ones without voices

Just like us, animals feel love, joy, fear and pain, but they cannot grasp the spoken word nor protect themselves. It is our obligation to speak on their behalf and do something to ensure that their well-being and lives are protected.

With the help of generous donors and volunteers, Mother Africa Trust has been able to establish meaningful and effective conservation initiatives for the long term.

These initiatives include research projects, teaching young people to treasure their natural resources, supporting anti-poaching efforts and prevention of wildlife-human conflict. Wildlife-human conflict has become a huge threat to conservation efforts in Africa hence the need to urgently bring about solutions that will restore harmony between wildlife and mankind.  

Conservation Education

It is said that any successful endeavour begins with knowledge. Likewise, with conservation, the first step is to get people to know and understand as much as possible about wildlife and the environment we strive to protect.

Through generous donations from Amalinda Safari Collection guests, Mother Africa Trust is able to sponsor conservation educational trips for students from disadvantaged rural schools. A guided field trip to the National Park, rhino tracking, bird-watching, identifying trees and many more activities enable children to learning and discover the importance of our natural resources. The rangers, conservation agents and professional guides offer their knowledge about local fauna and flora and educate rural children on ways to conserve their environment.

To many children, this would be their first time to experience Zimbabwe’s wildlife. By connecting local people to nature we cultivate a relationship between rural communities and their natural wild surroundings. At the end of the day we have enthusiasts who understand the benefits of conserving and treasuring our valued wildlife and the environment.  We have discovered that this exposure is an important element to a successful conservation strategy.

Anti-poaching Unit

A team of 5 men frequently carry out anti-poaching patrols in the 6000 acre Ivory Lodge concession that borders Hwange National Park and they have collected more than 7000 snares since 2012. They patrol a distance of 180km by foot and 10km by vehicle, on average, in a month. There is no fence between the border of Ivory Lodge and Hwange National Park, so this initiative also helps in protecting wildlife from the Park. Their presence has assured safety and survival of our valued wildlife.

Mitigation of wildlife human conflict – Lion Proof bomas

The communities we work with are on the fringes of wildlife areas and human and wildlife interactions are a threat to both sides. As a way to assist in the prevention of wildlife-human conflict in the Hwange area, The Mother Africa Trust is building lion proof cattle bomas. So far we have built two permanent bomas that take up to 120 cattle in total.  These particular kinds of bomas keep the cattle safe from lion night-time attack and they have proven to be very effective and useful. A small life proof boma that accommodates up to 20 cattle cost $600 and we intend to build more of these bombs in the most affected areas bordering Hwange National Park.

No matter how cruel the night, the dawn will break and Zimbabwe will still be here along with all its wild beauty, while herds of cattle in the villages will grow bigger…harmony with wildlife will prevail. With more lion-proof bomas in place, we can achieve this!

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