PROJECTS & PARTNERSHIPS

Our Zambian NGO (non-governmental organization) partners*: 

South Luangwa Conservation Society (SLCS)
Chipembele Wildlife Education Centre
South Luangwa Conservation Society

   
*  All projects are under the authority of the Zambia Wildlife Authority [ZAWA]


EleFence partners with, and helps support, the above mentioned Zambian NGO’s. The projects are designed to sustain elephant conservation for perpetuity with four requisites:
 
     
 I.  Involve local village communities who are impacted by crop-raiding elephants 
     
  South Luangwa Conservation Society’s (SLCS) CEO, Rachel McRobb, implemented chili fences in the villages near South Luangwa National Park (SLNP):
     
    • To help control crop-raiding elephants by encircling the croplands.
• The fences are easily made with small posts, rope, and rags smeared with a red-hot chili paste. 
• The elephants detest the stinging smell and avoid the fences; consequently, they don’t disturb the maize and vegetable crops. 
• SLCS provides the materials, as well as rangers to train villagers how to make and maintain the fences.
     
  SLCS hires local Zambian people to work on projects that EleFence has funded.
     
     
II.  Educate the village children to preserve the elephant and its ecosystem.
     
  Chipembele Wildlife Education Centre Directors, Steve and Anna Tolan, built this ennvironmental education facility where local village children are instructed with hands-on conservation activities:
     
   

• How to construct a chili fence
• How to net-fish responsibly
• Why snaring of wild animals must stop
• How to replant trees
• How the preservation of plants, insects, and wild animals is vital to maintain biodiversity of the ecosystem.

     
  They learn that elephants are Luangwa’s main “seed dispersers”.  Chipembele transports the youngsters into the national park where classes learn to appreciate the wild animals.  Many of the children have already been inspired to become future rangers, veterinarians, and wildlife researchers.  EleFence continues to help support Chipembele with various materials that are needed at the Centre, such as a computer, books, etc. 
     
     
III. Operate, maintain, and expand an anti-poaching ranger force at SLCS Base.
     
  SLCS operates a highly-trained anti-poaching force to assist ZAWA rangers.  The SLCS-ZAWA rangers--called scouts in Zambia--protect the elephants and other wildlife by maintaining continuous patrols, no easy task considering SLNP is over 9,000 square kilometers, the scouts trek in 100+ degree temperatures in the dry season and slog through ankle deep mud in the rainy season!  The scouts:
     
    • Track down ivory and bush-meat poachers, confiscate firearms, and make arrests.
• The scouts also must remove wire snare traps set by gangs of bush- meat hunters, a grueling job considering they remove hundreds and hundreds of snares every year, rain or shine. 
     
  It is dangerous work considering that some poachers do not hesitate to shoot.  EleFence, in conjunction with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, was able to help fund:
     
    • The new SLCS Operations Base
• On-site housing for the rangers. 
     
 

This has greatly strengthened the efficiency of the anti-poaching operations.  Rachel McRobb and selected rangers are trained in drug-darting procedures for the rescue of elephants, and other wild animals that become trapped in snares.  

     
     
IV. Build, and expand the new elephant nursery at Chipembele.
     
  EleFence helps support the new elephant nursery at Chipembele for infant elephants that have been orphaned due to poaching.  Having witnessed her mother gunned down by poachers, or being abandoned when his herd fled in panic from gun shots, the infant elephant is traumatized. 
     
    • SLCS scouts rescue the baby for transport to the nursery at Chipembele
• The infant receives immediate veterinary assistance.
• Trained elephant handlers on site give loving care and emotional comfort to the baby around the clock.  Without that support, the infant elephant will make up his mind to die – from heartbreak!
     
  EleFence helped fund the building of:
     
    • The elephant stockade
• The shelter
• The handlers’ house
     
  It’s an expensive process to take care of an infant elephant.  The milk and formula alone cost $50 a day per elephant.
     
  Once the infant is stabilized and recovers from her trauma weeks later, she is transported to the Elephant Orphanage Project (EOP) at south Kafue National Park in western Zambia. Here the infant will be greeted by other orphaned elephants who comfort the newcomer with love and care.  Once the baby has bonded with his new herd, the EOP project will work at rehabilitating him physically, psychologically,  and emotionally…
     
   

“to be an elephant again”!

     
  The long range goal of EOP is to eventually return all of their orphans back to the bush to assimilate them into the wild herds.