Conservation South Luangwa
Conservation South Luangwa was formed in 2003. CSL was created by a handful of like-minded safari operators and concerned stakeholders whose vision was to help protect South Luangwa. CSL is dedicated to protecting South Luangwa, it’s wildlife and habitat through a combination of law enforcement support (anti-poaching), human-wildlife conflict mitigation, veterinary work and community outreach.
Since CSL was created, there has always been a firm belief in keeping it a majority Zambian staffed organization, the most obvious reason being sustainability and ownership. What started as a team of 5 dedicated staff fifteen years ago, has now grown into a team of 85 wildlife conservationists.
With their headquarters being conveniently situated five minutes from the national park but comfortably amidst the Mfuwe community, we are well positioned to help tackle the current issues.
Supporting DNPW Law Enforcements Efforts
CSL works in partnership with the Government Department of National Parks and Wildlife Services (DNPW) to conduct wide spread anti-poaching patrols in the national park and game management area. CSL provides a large portion of manpower (65 scouts) for anti-poaching patrols, transport deployments by vehicle and boats, rations, uniforms, equipment and refresher training.
Each month we support a minimum of 12 anti-poaching field patrols lasting 10 days each, 15 anti-snaring patrols and other rapid reaction responses.
Aerial Surveillance and Monitoring
CSL co-owns a light aircraft with the Zambian Carnivore Program used for aerial surveillance and monitoring of illegal activities such as carcasses, drying racks, bush fires, poachers and camps and long-term research monitoring of carnivores. The CSL / ZCP aircraft is a vital tool in the fight against poaching. Each year over 250 hours are flown on surveillance.
Detection Dog Unit
CSL has five detection dogs who work tirelessly with their eight handlers to reduce wildlife trafficking and poaching. The dogs are trained to detect ivory, bush meat, leopard, cheetah and lion skins, pangolin, firearms and ammunition and protected timber. They have two bases, one in Mfuwe and one in Chipata and operate throughout Eastern Province.
Working Dogs for Conservation (WD4C) is CSL’s partner and provides the dogs, ongoing training and technical advice.
CSL employs a joint veterinarian with the Zambian Carnivore program to rescue wildlife that has been snared or has other human inflicted injuries in addition to collaring animals for research purposes. Over the past decade we have immobilized over 160 snared elephants, 30 lions, 10 giraffe, 15 hyaena, 20 wild dogs and many more. In addition, we run the only vet clinic in Mambwe District and Dr Sichande is on hand to attend to domestic animals.