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Conservation page added

Conservation page added

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A few weeks ago, on a trip down the river to Mfuwe, we came across an elephant stuck up against a tree in the middle of the river. She was already dead and her skin was peeling in great strips from her head and back. The river is very low at the moment and as elephants are good swimmers it is unlikely that she simply drowned. It is more likely that she was shot by poachers and was trying to escape but was too weak to make it across the river.

Living in this remote part of the valley during the rains has made me much more aware of the problem of poaching here. The Park is extremely difficult to patrol at this time of year and poaching increases dramatically. It is not uncommon to hear reports of gunshots on the radio or of drying racks (for meat) discovered. Snaring in the Park and surrounding areas is also common. The little chap in the photo above has lost a large portion of his trunk, probably to a poachers snare. It is a serious problem and one that organisations such as the South Luangwa Conservation Society (SLCS) are striving to control.

I have now added a page to my website through which I hope to raise awareness as well as funds for conservation in the area. You can check it out here. I intend to update this page on a regular basis with a variety of conservation issues so be sure to check back every now and then.

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