Flagship Species Reintroduction in Africa

We are delighted to be working with organisations on the ground in Africa, to assess and develop a wildlife reintroduction proposal. Our Executive Director Kellie previously spent many years in Zambia where she founded the ongoing Zambia Carnivore Programme. The bulk of her research and conservation work, for seven years, was based in the stunning Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia. This river valley ecosystem is bounded by the mighty Zambezi River on one side, and the Zambian escarpment on the other, with much of the wildlife concentrated in the valley floor in between.

There are several species of wildlife that are now locally extinct or severely depleted in the Lower Zambezi, and Science for Wildlife is working with Zambian partner organisations to develop a proposal to restore their populations.  The project is being undertaken together with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, not-for-profit Conservation Lower Zambezi, Imani Development and the program strategy development was supported by WWF-Zambia.

The project seeks to enhance ecosystem function and improve biodiversity, through active management by restoring viable populations of flagship large mammal species.

tree climbing lions in the Lower Zambezi
The wildlife in the Lower Zambezi is rich in diversity, including carnivores like these tree climbing lions (photo K. Leigh)

Social and economic factors are critical to wildlife conservation success and flagship species can be particularly valuable for engaging communities and stakeholders. Therefore the project objectives are multifaceted and include improved infrastructure and resources for protected area security (anti-poaching), community and social benefits, and tourism benefits.

This exciting project is just beginning and we’ll have more news to share later this year, so watch this space!