Community & Conservations
In Zambia’s eastern province lies the spectacular Luangwa Valley, once known as the Valley of the Elephants. Today, decades after poaching decimated most of the valley’s elephant population, combined conservation efforts to restore and protect its natural resources have paved the way for South Luangwa to become Zambia’s flagship national park and one of Africa’s true remaining wilderness areas with a stable elephant population.
However, like all areas rich in wildlife, where tourism and economic growth is thriving, accompanying cascading negative effects brought about by an increase in local businesses, improved livelihoods and an increase in the encroaching human population is a reality. One of these effects is undoubtedly the massive increase in poaching for bush meat and ivory. Fighting the escalating battle against poaching, human wildlife conflict, encroachment, habitat loss and at the same time supporting sustainable community development
Human Elephant conflict mitigation
In an effort to further reduce contempt for wildlife within the local community specifically that of elephants, Absolute Zambia Safaris helps strengthening chilli program as a means of mitigating human elephant conflict. Farming along the Luangwa River and its tributaries adjacent to the national park is increasing, despite the obvious conflict with elephants. Our efforts to persuade farmers to grow unpalatable crops such as chilli as an alternative crop to maize and vegetables, is slowly having an effect. Absolute Zambia Safaris also helps designed the chilli farming project so that the purchase of chilli by Absolute Zambia Safaris is closely linked to farmers who are using the chilli fence and chilli blasting techniques as a mitigation method. The chilli is then sold on to Rivonia Farms in Lusaka who commercially produce chilli sauce products.
Our comprehensive and inspiring conservation education programmes create a new meaning and value to wildlife and the environment for local children and young people. Our hope is that these programmes encourage the young people of the area to be active conservationists and empower them to make the changes that are necessary to sustain livelihoods, conserve wildlife and protect the natural environment long into the future
Gender Awareness Programme
Our Gender Awareness Programme compliments Absolute Zambia Safaris Gender Policy and is threaded through all our programme design and implementation. It also guides the day to day management of staff and administrative practices. In addition the Gender Awareness Programme enhances the Absolute Zambia Safaris Conservation Programme. It was developed to ensure all our teaching addresses gender equality and encourages respect for all among the students and communities we work with. Each month the students in our Senior and Junior Conservation clubs engage in a gender based activity that emphasises how everyone has equal rights regardless of their gender and that they should respect and value people of the opposite sex as their equals in all aspects of their lives..
Pupil Sponsorship Scheme
Absolute Zambia Safaris runs a Pupil Sponsorship Scheme for orphaned and vulnerable students from primary through to tertiary level. We also support a number of disabled or sick children with the provision of appropriate medical treatment, equipment or other needs when they arise, and support needy families in the community with monthly food parcels and clothes.
Absolute has made close ties and links with many scientific research organizations, teams and individuals from all over the world. Help is offered to them through logistical support and practical advice for scientific, archaeological and paleontological research in the area.