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Effective conservation relies on accurate and current data to guide and inform management actions. Consequently research and monitoring play a fundamental role in identifying, describing and evaluating dynamics, limiting factors and threats to species and ecosystems.

In order to accomplish this ZCP relies on a full-time year-round research presence in their study sites, with the organization 100% field-based and conducting operations through basic camps situated in the Luangwa, Liuwa, and the Kafue ecosystems. Work entails intensive studies of radio-collared packs, prides, clans and coalitions as well as broader landscape level evaluations of presence, abundance and distribution.

The success of this work fundamentally rests on our diverse and effective collaborations with local, national, and international partners, agencies, organizations and institutions that collectively provide the expertise, resources and energy to address the myriad conservation challenges facing Zambia.

Study Sites

ZCP study sites encompass a wide range of biological, environmental and human variation, differing substantially key variables such as carnivore abundance, diversity, and distribution, prey abundance and diversity, habitat types, climate, and human impacts. Collectively this allows a unique opportunity to evaluate the dynamics of these species across a broad array of factors.

Luangwa and Mid-Zambezi Valleys Ecosystem

Greater Kafue Ecosystem

The Greater Liuwa Ecosystem

Zambian Carnivore Programme