About The Programme

Zambia is one of the most wildlife-rich countries in Africa, enjoying a full complement of large carnivores and their prey and having nearly one-third of the country managed for wildlife through National Parks and Game Management Areas. Despite having some of the largest and most viable wildlife populations remaining on the continent, the absence of funds and logistical hurdles inherent in such work means few conservation, research and monitoring programs exist on carnivore species and wildlife species in general in Zambia; thus effective conservation and management plans are extremely difficult to design, implement and evaluate. Similarly sustainable long-term capacity-building of local wildlife professionals capable of running such programmes is a complicated challenge.

Radio-tracking wild dogs at sunset
Radio-tracking wild dogs at sunset
The Zambian Carnivore Programme is a non-profit Zambian registered trust dedicated to the conservation of large carnivore species (African wild dog, cheetah, lion, leopard, hyaena), their prey, and the ecosystems they reside in. Our study systems hold some of the greatest diversity and abundance of African wildlife in the region and span a variety of management regimes, from strictly protected to hunted, to communally owned and private lands.

However the areas experience heavy human influence in the form of poaching, land conversion, and a lack of conservation and research to guide effective management strategies. The programme therefore not only provides severely lacking data to guide management and conservation efforts, but also address immediate threats to the persistence of threatened and endangered species and ecosystems, while ensuring that the process is sustainable through the training, employment and education of future and current Zambian conservation leaders.

Zambian Carnivore Programme