Ranger Training and Elephant/Rhino Protection in Zambia
About the Project
Project: Lima Species: Elephant/Rhino Client: Frankfurt Zoological Society Park: North Luangwa Conservation Project (NLCP) Country: Zambia
ESPA, and the North Luangwa Conservation Project (NLCP) – Frankfurt Zoological Society, entered into an agreement for the purposes of delivering training to the Rhino and Elephant Protection Unit (REPU) in the North Luangwa National Park.
The NLCP works to protect the wildlife and habitats of the North Luangwa National Park and surrounding areas, into which black rhino were reintroduced in 2003. The NLCP works in partnership with the local wildlife authorities to protect this population as well as elephants and many other species in and around the park.
ESPA provided bespoke training to REPU, to enhance their capabilities in poaching prevention, reaction to hostile situations, and generally in support of the authorities in anti-poaching operations in a one-month bespoke training intervention in October 2016. A total of 37 rangers were trained during this intervention.
A continuation of contract was awarded to ESPA for 2017 to provide three one-month training interventions from basic training and advanced first aid to ops room training in 2017. ESPA is slated to deliver the same interventions with a ‘refresher’ element in 2018. Save The Rhino International provided additional support. A total of more than 70 rangers will be trained, with approximately 20 of those being new rangers. Funding support by WILDCAT Foundation US and Save The Rhino International.
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