Natural Resource Protection
Why is it necessary?
Increases in human populations and rural agriculture have led to habitat destruction or degradation (a.k.a human encroachment) and subsequently many wildlife populations have declined outside government National Parks and Game Management Areas, and private game reserves and ranches.
Wilderness reserves act, at a landscape scale, as ‘Noah’s Arks’, conserving not only wildlife but also habitat, water catchments and ecosystem services. Due to the complexity of nature, conservation is equally as complex and requires a multi-faceted approach to ensure all components of a natural environment – water, air, soil, plants, birds, mammals, creepy-crawlies – are able to properly contribute to the process and services of that environment.
Who does it involve?
Department of National Parks and Wildlife - the national conservation government body
Our 17, locally employed anti-poaching scouts
BioCarbon Partners (BCP)
How is it done?
Our anti-poaching scouts - the majority of whom are reformed poachers - are stationed at five strategically located all-year camps around the reserve. In the fishing season we have a fly camp near the Chitope Lagoon to check fishing permits and keep and eye on things. These scouts carry out day patrols, where they spend a day in the field and return to their base camp at night, and long patrols, where a team of four to six scouts camp in various locations on the Reserve and patrol larger areas. They not only monitor poaching but also illegal fishing, honey and timber harvesting within our boundaries. Some patrols extend into the Community Forest adjacent to our boundaries as the wildlife does not adhere to legal boundaries and this is where there are most likely to be snares.
We do our best to manage fire at Munyamadzi as this is an important tool in habitat conservation and food availability for wildlife in the dry season depends on good fire management policies.
In future, we hope to incorporate CyberTracker and SMART software into our law enforcement strategy. This is used around the world to track patrols, law enforcement efficiency and prevalence of illegal activities.
If you are interested in supporting our natural resource protection, please consider donating to the cause. Your donation will be received by Lion Landscapes so please email us to let us know what you're sponsoring. Houston Zoo Tax ID for US citizens is 74-1590271.
Provide heavy duty patrol water bottles: $20 / bottle
Provide patrol backpacks: $50 / backpack
Provide patrol boots: $25 / pair
Provide rain coats: $35 / person
Sponsor a patrol tent: $100
Sponsor a 5-day patrol: $200
If you would like to give in-kind support, or you would like to share your skills and experience with our scouts, please contact us.