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The Story of Rufunsa Rhino Conservancy

Zambia

The Rufunsa Rhino Conservancy is WildArk’s fourth biodiversity project in partnership with the Zambian Wildlife Warriors and the Rufunsa community. It will protect and rehabilitate a vital unfenced buffer zone of 29,000 hectares to the north of the Lower Zambezi National Park, in Zambia.

This area was once teeming with wildlife but three decades of hunting, poaching, and illegal wildlife trafficking have left it decimated from a wildlife perspective.

The Zambian Wildlife Warriors, with the support of the Rufunsa community and WildArk,  have secured the initial 1000 hectares in the Rufunsa Game Managament Area. The mission is to set up the most effective anti-poaching team in Zambia, expanding operations along the East Road, which is a significant trafficking hotspot for both Zambia and Mozambique.

The Rufunsa Rhino Conservancy will then look to build a wildlife rehabilitation and reintroduction centre, conduct ecological research, provide job opportunities and education for the local community and eventually establish voluntourism and ecotourism experiences.

The hope is to eventually expand the conservancy East and West along the Lower Zambezi National Park boundary.