Zambia’s eastern province lies the magnificent Luangwa Valley previously called the Valley of the Elephants. Decades later after poaching has taken many of the animals but combined efforts of conservation and preserve the valley’s natural resources have been put in place. Luangwa is becoming Zambia’s key national park and one of the only parks with an enduring stable elephant population.
However, like all areas rich in wildlife, where tourism and economic growth is thriving, accompanying cascading adverse effects resulting from an increase in local businesses, better livelihoods and bringing about the encroaching human population is a reality. An apparent effect is a massive increase in poaching for bushmeat and ivory, fighting the increasing battle against poaching, human-wildlife conflict, encroachment, habitat loss and at the same time supporting sustainable community development.