GAME RANGERS INTERNATIONALCharity Partner
For the past seven years Zambian conservation organisation Game Rangers International (GRI) has been working alongside the Zambia Wildlife Authority to protect the country’s outstandingly diverse array of wildlife.

Originally funded to protect threatened elephant populations in Kafue National Park, GRI has since significantly expanded its reach and vision to encompass not only law-enforcement and anti-poaching, but also community outreach and education, research and policy, anti-trafficking and animal welfare too.

The organisation takes a holistic approach to conservation and development, firmly believing that the key to sustainable and longterm use of Zambia’s abundant natural wealth is best achieved by the full participation of its citizens in managing these internationally important ecosystems.

Such areas not only contain a diversity of wildlife—they are also important cultural resources, providing opportunities for tourism, education and research, contributing to the socio-economic well-being of the surrounding local communities and Zambia as a whole.

Love Nature's Camp Zambia is currently making two films with GRI, focusing on its Elephant Orphanage Project, which is involved in rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing orphaned elephants back into the wild.

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  • When the elephant orphans at the Kafue Release Facility are old, big and confident enough they start spending more and more time out in the wild. To ensure the elephants are being successfully released it is essential to monitor their movements, behaviours and encounters with wild elephant herds. In October, four of the oldest elephants were fitted with satellite collars, kindly donated by IFAW and ProWildlife. It was a big operation, involving a number of vets, collaring experts, staff from the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) and GRI staff. The whole procedure went very well, and the GRI – Elephant Orphanage Project can now monitor the four orphans during their adventures in the wild.

  • Thanks to the generous support of National Milling Corporation Limited, GRI - Kafue Conservation Project: Outreach and Education broadcasts a weekly conservation-themed radio show on ITT FM 91.1. District Community Officer Britius Munkombwe hosts the programme, addressing environmental topics such as hunting and land pollution, and encouraging listeners to call in and join the debate. According to the Radio Station Manager, ‘Conservation Conversations’ is the most popular programme being aired on their station. With the broadcast range covering a radius of about 150km, the show reaches 30,000 listeners every week.

  • Tafika is seven years old and lives with in the Kafue Release Facility. When he was nine months old, his herd rampaged a village in South Luangwa and in the commotion Tafika fell into a pit latrine and was abandoned as the herd fled. He was rescued and taken to the Kafue Release Facility (at the time EOP’s only facility). Tafika has always been very close to the keepers and the younger orphans, but in November he took his first step towards independence, when he joined the “Release Herd” a group of older orphans who spend most of their time roaming independently in the national park. EOP staff are looking forward to see how long Tafika chooses to stay in the wild and enjoy his first taste of independence.