In 2018 Kasanka Trust began restructuring law enforcement operations in response to 4 years of intense poaching that had significantly reduced wildlife populations. With just 60% of the manpower and resources available in previous years, the law enforcement team were able to turn the tide on poaching. Wildlife populations responded immediately, with Puku increasing in numbers for the first time since 2013.
Thanks to generous financial support from the World Land Trust and United States Fish and Wildlife Service, among others, Kasanka Trust has been able to maintain this momentum through 2019 and to strengthen our ranks.
In September, 10 new Community Scouts, including 4 women, graduated from Chunga Training School in Kafue National Park. The new scouts had an immediate impact on the ground, making several arrests within their first month on the job.
In 2019, 45 arrests were been made and 846 snares recovered from the park. These arrests have been made at a higher arrest rate than at any time in the past 8 years. This reflects the good work that Kasanka’s Community Scouts are doing as well as the high level of poaching that persists.
Kasanka Trust is scaling up its community work to address the root causes of poaching and to counter the growing threats to the ecological integrity of the park that are arising from environmental degradation in our catchment areas.
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