On The Front Line:
National Park Rescue, Zimbabwe

National Park Rescue is a direct-action conservation organisation dedicated to rescuing Africa’s most-threatened national parks and protected areas. NPR works with wildlife authorities to bring poaching under control, by engaging communities in conservation and investing in frontline law enforcement, stopping poachers before they have made the kill.

On The Front Line:
National Park Rescue, Zimbabwe

National Park Rescue is a direct-action conservation organisation dedicated to rescuing Africa’s most-threatened national parks and protected areas. NPR works with wildlife authorities to bring poaching under control, by engaging communities in conservation and investing in frontline law enforcement, stopping poachers before they have made the kill. 

“Our current operation is resuscitating Zimbabwe’s beautiful but troubled Chizarira National Park”

National Park Rescue’s current operation, supported by How Many Elephants, is to resuscitate Zimbabwe’s beautiful but troubled Chizarira National Park. Chizarira was once a haven for wildlife but has been devastated by poaching, losing around 3,000 elephants since 2006. Since NPR commenced their operation in early 2018 they have transformed the park, vastly improving the law enforcement, overhauling the dilapidated infrastructure, integrating the communities and enabling wildlife numbers to grow once more.

“Our current operation is resuscitating Zimbabwe’s beautiful but troubled Chizarira National Park”

National Park Rescue’s current operation, supported by How Many Elephants, is to resuscitate Zimbabwe’s beautiful but troubled Chizarira National Park. Chizarira was once a haven for wildlife but has been devastated by poaching, losing around 3,000 elephants since 2006. Since NPR commenced their operation in early 2018 they have transformed the park, vastly improving the law enforcement, overhauling the dilapidated infrastructure, integrating the communities and enabling wildlife numbers to grow once more.

“If you are serious about investing in local communities, hire women”

It has been shown by the UN that women invest ~50% more of their salary back into their families than men. So if you are serious about investing in local communities, hire women. National Park Rescue’s female community scouts are working themselves and their families out of poverty while protecting their natural heritage. Their consistently high performance has had a huge impact on the park, and NPR will be expanding the female ranger programme in the near future.

“If you are serious about investing in local communities, hire women”

It has been shown by the UN that women invest ~50% more of their salary back into their families than men. So if you are serious about investing in local communities, hire women. National Park Rescue’s female community scouts are working themselves and their families out of poverty while protecting their natural heritage. Their consistently high performance has had a huge impact on the park, and NPR will be expanding the female ranger programme in the near future.

“There is more to counter-poaching than simply arresting poachers and saving wildlife”

NPR understands that there is more to counter-poaching than simply arresting poachers and saving wildlife. Counter-poaching is about supporting sustainable development, putting children through school, growing local economies, building climate resilience, promoting regional security, and, of course, arresting poachers and saving wildlife. NPR’s previous operation was to rescue Malawi’s Liwonde National Park, which was on the brink of collapse. In a nine month operation, NPR arrested over 70 poachers and removed more than 10,000 snares and gin traps, before handing the park over to a long-term partner.

“There is more to counter-poaching than simply arresting poachers and saving wildlife”

NPR understands that there is more to counter-poaching than simply arresting poachers and saving wildlife. Counter-poaching is about supporting sustainable development, putting children through school, growing local economies, building climate resilience, promoting regional security, and, of course, arresting poachers and saving wildlife. NPR’s previous operation was to rescue Malawi’s Liwonde National Park, which was on the brink of collapse. In a nine month operation, NPR arrested over 70 poachers and removed more than 10,000 snares and gin traps, before handing the park over to a long-term partner.

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Photo credit: ‘Akashinga‘ by Brent Stirton

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