wildlife conservation

our mission

Wildlife conservation aims to halt the loss in the Earths’ biodiversity. The Kasanka Trust aims to protect the parks’ exceptional resources, such as:

  • the seasonal colony of ten million straw-coloured fruit bats, which forms possibly the largest mammal concentration known in the world, a significant part of the subequatorial population of this near-threatened species
  • the second longest bird list of all NP’s and Important Bird Areas (IBA’s) in Zambia, which includes many threatened species
  • the important dense and very visible populations of the scarce and highly valued sitatunga, offering the best sitatunga viewing in Zambia and beyond, as well as the near-threatened puku
  • the healthy and diverse complex of rivers, notably the Luwombwa, Kasanka, Musola, Mulembo and Mulaushi, and is of great importance for the ecological and socio-economic functioning of these watercourses
    • a unique small-scale diversity of intact habitats, often of great scenic beauty, including threatened habitats such as mushitu wet evergreen forest and mateshe dry evergreen forest, extensive peat swamps, and plains, which together host an enormous biodiversity
    • the home to the last surviving population of elephant in the Upper Congo system. The elephants here are thought to be genetically distinct from their cousins in the Luangwa Valley, several hundred kilometres to the east. Like many national parks in Zambia and throughout Africa, Kasanka is not fenced and many traditional settlements are located extremely close to the park boundary. The main threat to elephants in this area is habitat loss and fragmentation, due to an expanding human population
“People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa.
It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege.”
David Livingstone

Bat migration

Between October and December each year, about 10 million straw coloured fruit bats descend into a tiny patch of evergreen swamp forest inside Kasanka National Park, Northern Zambia. This natural phenomenon, unique only to Kasanka lends itself to some truly astonishing birdlife sightings set against a backdrop of incredible scenic surrounds and dramatic skies.