On The Front Line:
Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust

The work of Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust is multifaceted; They rescue, rehabilitate and release wildlife harmed by people. They study wildlife to find scientific solutions for long term conservation. They use scientific and veterinary techniques to tackle wildlife management problems and they find sustainable solutions for communities and wildlife to co-exist.

On The Front Line:
Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust

The work of Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust is multifaceted; They rescue, rehabilitate and release wildlife harmed by people. They study wildlife to find scientific solutions for long term conservation. They use scientific and veterinary techniques to tackle wildlife management problems and they find sustainable solutions for communities and wildlife to co-exist.

“Wildlife populations are under threat”

Wildlife populations are under threat and that is not going to change in the future. Human populations in Africa are predicted to double by 2050, and we have to find sustainable long-term solutions to manage this increase in population, and the demand that it will place on natural resources. In the last 10 years VFWT have developed their conservation efforts to include working with local communities to focus on conserving habitats, finding scientific wildlife management solutions, and improving health through screening and prevention of transboundary animal diseases.

“Wildlife populations are under threat”

Wildlife populations are under threat and that is not going to change in the future. Human populations in Africa are predicted to double by 2050, and we have to find sustainable long-term solutions to manage this increase in population, and the demand that it will place on natural resources. In the last 10 years VFWT have developed their conservation efforts to include working with local communities to focus on conserving habitats, finding scientific wildlife management solutions, and improving health through screening and prevention of transboundary animal diseases.

“We’re adapting almost daily to uncertainty”

Like the rest of the world, things at Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust are rapidly changing. “We’re adapting almost daily to uncertainty while doing our best to conserve Zimbabwe’s wildlife and support rural communities. As the world turns inwards and looks closer to home during COVID-19, resilience will be key for wildlife and VFWT. Just last week we attended to another elephant poisoning with wildlife agency officials previously trained by The Trust in wildlife crime scene investigation. The case is still active, and we will continue our assistance in this investigation, but it was great to see these folks putting their new knowledge into use.”

“We’re adapting almost daily to uncertainty”

Like the rest of the world, things at Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust are rapidly changing. “We’re adapting almost daily to uncertainty while doing our best to conserve Zimbabwe’s wildlife and support rural communities. As the world turns inwards and looks closer to home during COVID-19, resilience will be key for wildlife and VFWT. Just last week we attended to another elephant poisoning with wildlife agency officials previously trained by The Trust in wildlife crime scene investigation. The case is still active, and we will continue our assistance in this investigation, but it was great to see these folks putting their new knowledge into use.”

“We are finding ways to keep wildlife and their habitats connected”

We will need to find ways to keep wildlife and their habitats connected despite fragmented landscapes, increasing human settlements, and pressure to utilise the same natural resources. We will also need to manage the conflict that will continue to arise at the interface between wildlife and people, particularly in rural communities. At the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust we believe that in order to manage this conflict and preserve wildlife at this interface, we need the support of the rural communities, and they in turn, need to see a benefit to having wildlife and protecting it.

“We are finding ways to keep wildlife and their habitats connected”

We will need to find ways to keep wildlife and their habitats connected despite fragmented landscapes, increasing human settlements, and pressure to utilise the same natural resources. We will also need to manage the conflict that will continue to arise at the interface between wildlife and people, particularly in rural communities. At the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust we believe that in order to manage this conflict and preserve wildlife at this interface, we need the support of the rural communities, and they in turn, need to see a benefit to having wildlife and protecting it.

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