Image of children in Zambia learning about rhinos. Image of children in Zambia learning about rhinos.

Credit: Tristan Vince

Involving Communities

It takes more than high security and habitat protection to ensure that rhino populations thrive.

Local community support is essential if we are to save the rhino. Rural villages around park borders are precisely the areas from which the criminals involved in trafficking wildlife products try to recruit people to assist them. That is why we fund conservation education programmes that are directly protecting rhino populations.

We want to make sure that wildlife benefits everyone. We champion community-led conservation, so people living near rhinos are inspired to protect wildlife and feel a sense of ownership for their natural heritage.

Claire Lewis, North Luangwa Conservation Programme

"I think the programme really helps us achieve something we can’t through law enforcement or anti-poaching practices. Kids absorb messages easily and then pass this learning onto other children and adults. They are telling people that rhinos are beautiful, that black rhinos are incredible, that black rhinos need saving and that you shouldn’t poach because it’s bad for the ecosystem."

Claire Lewis, Technical Advisor to the North Luangwa Conservation Programme about the Lolesha Luangwa initiative

Where we work

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Bringing experts together
Involving communities
Protecting rhinos
Reducing illegal horn trade