Inspiring the next generation
(This article was originally published in The Horn, autumn 2014. Author: North Luangwa Conservation Programme)
In August 2013, Save the Rhino sent a grant of $25,000 to the North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia, for the purchase of a second-hand overland truck.
The truck has now been fully adapted for its purpose as a conservation education truck, and in August 2014 the first of many Park visits have taken place, taking selected school groups and their teachers into North Luangwa National Park.
During the 3-day, 2-night visits, pupils learn about biodiversity, the importance of conservation, and the benefits of protecting their local wildlife. The pupils take part in a range of engaging activities and are presented with a certificate on completion of their visit.
The Park visits are a key development of Lolesha Luangwa that has had key input into its strategy and delivery from the Zoological Society of London, which began mentoring the programme in July 2012. We are incredibly grateful to the USFWS RTCF for providing a grant of $20,000 towards the purchase of the bus; while the ongoing costs of Lolesha Luangwa are covered by the USFWS, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, Frankfurt Zoological Society and Save the Rhino.