Merely ‘game spotting’ – snapping away with the camera – is not what we’re about at Oryx.
We feel times have changed and so have people. Now, yes of course, we love to see the wildlife close up (safely and without disturbing it), but we also recognise that people want to understand the bigger and more important picture of the conservation. It’s a challenging and complicated story, but vital we get the solutions right.
Through our special partnerships with Tusk Trust and Wildlife Conservation Society, we get you highly privileged access to the very top people and places. We’ll get you behind the scenes of the cutting edge science and to areas otherwise out of bounds.
By travelling with us to Zambia you raise money, as 10% of the sale goes to Tusk Trust.
Travelling with Oryx must be the most immersive wildlife experience you could ever have.
It is the sheer density of wildlife that elevates Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park and South Luangwe National Park into the ranks of Africa’s great ‘game’ areas. These areas are some of the last true wildernesses left in Africa. It’s our responsibility – right now – to help the Zambians protect these jewels on the planet.
We’d like to take you to into the heart of these two Parks and introduce you to the amazing teams at Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ) and South Luangwe Conservation (SLC). You’ll come away having had the most immersive wildlife experience possible.
CLZ began with just one old donated vehicle to deploy scouts and a poacher-turned conservationist armed with a television and a series of educational videos. It has grown into the all-encompassing organisation it is today. CLZ now manages an environmental education programme in 50 schools across the region, supports over 200 wildlife protection patrols per year, funds a team of 20 Village Scouts and 80 National Park Scouts, and has implemented a human-wildlife conflict programme working across seven communities to mitigate the negative effects of living alongside Zambia’s often destructive wildlife.
In 2013, CLZ set up and trained to a very high standard a unit of Village Scouts – young men and women employed from the communities surrounding the Lower Zambesi National Park – in order to provide extra manpower to the Zambian Wildlife Authority for wildlife protection and to mitigate human-wildlife conflict.
Tusk has continued to support CLZ’s work in protecting wildlife (particularly elephants) and those who live and farm alongside them. For the last two years, the charity has funded Village Scout patrols in the Game Management Area and Park. These patrols monitor wildlife, spot and investigate signs of illegal activity and help to mitigate human-wildlife conflict. The Village Scouts have not only improved the level of protection in the area – the first year saw the lowest level of elephant poaching on record – but they have also improved the communities’ attitudes towards conservation and living alongside wildlife.
CLZ looks to conserve wildlife not only through law enforcement but, over the long term, they look to build education, interest and investment in wildlife in those to whom it belongs – the local community.
The CLZ Environmental Education Programme (EEP) works with round 2,000 school pupils in 50 schools surrounding the Lower Zambezi National Park to teach the importance of wildlife conservation, the concept of ecosystem services and the natural resources upon which humans rely. The EEP has been running since the Projects inception. The organisation is very proud to see some alumni pursuing a career in conservation as a result of their passion ignited from their interactions with CLZ at school.
ZAWA’s Village Scout of the year, William Chenda, was a member of his school conservation club and visited CLZ when he was just 14 years old and is now one of the area’s most promising scouts. CLZ Operations Manager Rabson Tambo also grew up eating illegal bush meat until his eyes were opened through the conservation club and a visit to CLZ. He is now responsible for all of CLZ’s wildlife protection operations.
Looking to the future CLZ plan to expand their role and build the capacity of their staff. Thanks to Tusk, Rabson has started his training for his Private Pilot’s License. Rabson, who grew up in the local village of Chiawa, is a regular pair of spotting eyes on CLZ’s aerial wildlife patrols in their Cessna 172 with CEO and pilot Ian Stevenson.
This year also sees the introduction of a wildlife trafficking module in the education programme to highlight the devastating impact of the illegal wildlife trade, both locally and internationally.
We’ll visit a new CLZ operations base in a highly remote area of the Lower Zambezi National Park.
CLZ has learnt that enduring conservation comes about from a shift in mind-set and the investment of local people in the protection of their wildlife and natural resources through sustainable practices.
This is such an emotive visit. As well as showing you the extraordinary wildlife densities in the two parks, Lower Zambezi NP and South Luanga NP, you will also meet wonderful people and stay in some really special places, owned by our friend, Robin Pope.
After Zambia, depending on your time, you might want to go on to visit a Tusk project with predators in Botswana; up to Southern Tanzania to visit Dr Amy Dickman’s remarkable work with lions; to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya; the work of Save the Rhino in Damaraland, Namibia.
Tusk is doing incredible work supporting these amazing field projects and by travelling with us we’d love to show you what they’re up to, the extraordinary wildlife of the area and be able to make a significant contribution to Tusk (10% of the sale) at the same time.
Please, don’t hesitate to make contact. We’d love to do this trip with you.