Student Conservation Clubs

The success of conservation efforts hinge heavily on the support of the local communities living in and around the particular ecosystem; thus there has been a strong emphasis on providing economic benefits from wildlife in the form of employment in tourism industries centered around national parks and protected areas in Zambia.

Computer Literacy Class
Learning to use computers for wildlife research and beyond
While this has resulted in very substantial sources of income for local communities, wildlife research and management positions are typically given to qualified applicants who have received university training in Zambia or abroad, with local students rarely able to compete for these positions due to their lack of training and advanced educational opportunities.

Consequently ZCP has partnered with Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust (CWET) and local Mfuwe secondary school’s Conservation Club to institute a 3-tiered approach aimed at:

  • Thandiwe Mweetwa
    ZCP team member Thandiwe Mweetwa with an immobilized male lion. A Yosefe school graduate and Conservation Club member, Thandiwe was supported by Chipembele and eventually earned a full scholarship to the University of British Columbia and is now slated to be a graduate student at University of Arizona with ZCP, studying lion reproduction and survival.
    Better preparing local students for employment in wildlife-related fields through hands-on field-research opportunities, computer and technology training, and writing and public speaking skills.
  • Teaching students science through ‘adventure-based learning,’ allowing for hands-on experience in creating and conducting research.
  • Contributing to knowledge and conservation of wildlife in the region around villages.

Conservation clubs have been strongly supported by CWET and have resulted in the identification, support, and employment of promising students and young professionals such as Thandiwe Mweetwa.

Zambian Carnivore Programme