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.
Increasing human population growth in the areas adjacent to South Luangwa national park, has resulted in an increase of human–wildlife conflict. When wildlife damage crops, human properties, or even lives, this negatively influences the attitude towards wildlife and conservation issues. Preventing damage by wildlife, particularly elephants and mitigating conflicts between farmers and wildlife has been the goal of CSLs HWC mitigation project for more than ten years.
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.