Mission: To work with community and conservation partners in the protection of the wildlife and habitats of the South Luangwa ecosystem.
Vision: The long term survival of wildlife and habitats in South Luangwa under the custodianship of the Zambian people.
Snaring is wildlife’s silent killer which quietly kills thousands of animals in the Luangwa Valley annually. CSL tries to combat this by deploying regular anti-snaring patrols to remove snares from the bush and by immobilizing and rescuing snared animals. We work closely with partners including the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DPNW) and the Zambian Carnivore Program (ZCP) to achieve this.
Communities surrounding the national park face severe crop and property damages from elephants that are unable to resist the sweet taste of maize, vegetables and fruits such as mangos. In order to mitigate this, we have a large scale human wildlife conflict mitigation program centered around the use of chilli as a mitigation measure.
CSL supports 65 community based scouts to help the Department of National Parks and Wildlife protect the flora and fauna of the Luangwa Valley. We do this by paying salaries, providing technical support, patrol equipment, rations, training and transport. We assist with aerial surveillance and monitoring to help detect any illegal activities including carcasses, poacher’s camps, illegal fires and drying racks.
Detection dogs are increasingly being used to reduce wildlife trafficking by detecting wildlife contraband. Set up in 2014 in partnership with DPNW, the CSL Detection Dog Unit was Zambia’s first sniffer dog unit that works to detect illegal wildlife products and firearms being used and smuggled within and out of Zambia.