Dsenyo donates $5.00 from the sale of every snare wire piece of jewelry to Zambian non-profits leading the conservation efforts of Zambian wildlife. The South Luangwa Conservation Society (SLCS) and Zambian Carnivore Programme (ZCP) are two NGOs that partner with Mulberry Mongoose Dsenyo's artisan partners. SLCS and ZCP provide recovered snare wire from their work in the field disassembling snares and treating trapped animals to Mulberry Mongoose for use in their jewelry products. In return, the $5.00 donations made to these organizations help fund the essential work they are doing to combat the poaching crisis in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia.
Poaching is at a crisis level in the South Luangwa and adjoining Game Management Areas in Zambia. It's estimated that the area is only at 9% of their wildlife numbers. According to Dr. Matt Becker, CEO of the Zambian Carnivore Programme, "An annual loss of over 8,000 animals to poaching is estimated in the South Luangwa area alone. We are running out of time to protect some of the largest lion, wild dog and leopard populations in the region." Western and Central Africa have already seen some of their wildlife completely eliminated due to the bushmeat crisis and unfortunately that reality is hitting Zambia. The South Luangwa is a special open savannah area, "one of ten remaining lion strongholds on the continent but is threatened by illegal snaring for the commercial bushmeat trade," says Dr. Becker.
"Recent WWF supported studies by ZCP have shown that the use of snares by bush meat poachers as a silent method of illegallykilling wildlife is increasing at an alarming rate in all major rural wildlife areas in Zambia especially in the Game Management Areas (GMAs or buffer zones). Wire snaring is wide spread and is one of the top threats to wildlife conservation in Zambia today. SLCS and ZCP have lead the anti-snaring operations (snare recovery, de-snaring, and treating wounded animals) in the South Luangwa National Park and surrounding GMAs (and for ZCP in their Kafue National Park and Liuwa Plain sites as well). From 2011 to date, over 4300 snares have been recovered in in Lupande GMA alone, which borders the southern section of the South Luangwa National park (had they not been removed, these snares could have lead to the death of at least 4000 wild animals). At least 100 elephants have had snares removed in the same period (which translates to roughly 3 elephant de-snaring operations per month!). Although SLCS and ZCP are doing a commendable job, the anti-snaring work is not easy. The two organisations require more resources to bring snaring under control otherwise tens of thousands animals will either get killed, injured, and/or incapacitated, which will impact negatively on wildlife based economies in the Luangwa Valley and across Zambia," reports Dr. Nyambe Nyambe, Director of WWF-Zambia.
Dr. Matthew Becker is the CEO of the Zambian Carnivore Programme and oversees all research, conservation and education initiatives. Originally from Montana, Matt developed a passion for wildlife conservation at an early age from his father’s interest in birding, camping and fishing throughout the state’s wild places. He supplemented this interest with an undergraduate education in wildlife ecology, entomology, and biological conservation at the University of Wisconsin, while getting experience in an array of field research projects across the world, working on an array of species including beetles, shorebirds, passerines, raptors, marine mammals, penguins, grizzly bears, and chimpanzees. Following graduation Matt worked and managed several field research projects for seven years before returning to his hometown in Bozeman and beginning a PhD at Montana State University in 2003, studying wolves, elk and bison in Yellowstone National Park. In mid 2008 he joined ZCP (then African Wild Dog Conservation) and oversaw its transition into a national program studying multiple species of large carnivores and their prey.
Rachel McRobb was born and raised in Zambia and after schooling in Swaziland and South Africa she returned to Zambia to work at first in the tourism sector and then in conservation. Fourteen years ago Rachel made the Luangwa Valley her home and was one of the co-founders of the South Luangwa Conservation Society (SLCS) started ten years ago. What started as a small conservation NGO on a monthly budget of $150 has grown in to an important conservation stakeholder with an annual budget of $500,000 and a staff of 70. Rachel remains the CEO and is active in running the society on a daily basis. The majority of SLCS staff are all field based community scouts and also an additional veterinarian and pilot shared with the Zambian Carnivore Programme. Rachel’s love of the Luangwa and her passion for wildlife gives her the inspiration to continue to try and help to protect it.
The South Luangwa Conservation Society (SLCS) is an important stakeholder in Zambia’s conservation efforts primarily supported by safari operators in the Luangwa Valley. SLCS provides law enforcement support to the Zambia Wildlife Authority and Community Resource Boards and works closely with Veterinary Department. In addition SLCS’s emphasis on law enforcement support was expanded in 2003 to include mitigation of human/animal conflicts, rehabilitation of wounded and snared animals, and to provide assistance to local communities with livelihood improvement through strengthened and diversified income generating activities.
- Humane Society International
- Luangwa Conservation Community Fund (LCCF)
- United States Fish and Wildlife Services
- Mfuwe Lodge and the Bush Camp Company
- Elephant Charge, Zambia
- Painted Dog Inc/ Perth Zoo
- Tusk Trust
- CCG Trust
- Murray Katz
- Mulberry Mongoose
- Taronga Foundation
- Working Dogs for Conservation
- Zoo Miami
- Dazzle Africa
- Africa Hope Fund
The Zambian Carnivore Programme (ZCP) is a non-profit Zambian-registered trust dedicated to conserving large carnivores and the ecosystems they reside in through a three pronged approach, namely 1) Applied research aimed at identifying and evaluating limiting factors and threats to the persistence of species and ecosystems; 2) Conservation and management activities aimed at addressing immediate threats as identified by research; 3) Capacity-building and Education aimed at ensuring the sustainability of approaches 1 and 2 by implementing training, employment and educational opportunities for current and aspiring Zambian conservationists from the secondary school level up through international graduate programs.
ZCP currently works in all the country’s major large carnivore populations—the largest wild dog, cheetah, lion, leopard and spotted hyena populations--with field-based projects in Eastern Zambia’s Luangwa Valley, the Greater Liuwa Ecosystem, and the Greater Kafue Ecosystem. We employ an integrated research approach dealing with an array of biological, environmental, and human issues ranging from population dynamics and predator-prey studies to wire-snare poaching and human encroachment of wildlife areas. We work closely with the country’s wildlife management body, the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA), as well as a number of local and international NGOs and academic institutions, and support Zambian students in educational programmes beginning at the secondary school level up to the international PhD level. Our collaborative research provides some of the only scientific data on large carnivores and herbivores for much of their range in Zambia to guide conservation policy in the country.
- WWF-Netherlands and WWF-Zambia
- National Science Foundation
- Painted Dog Conservation
- National Geographic, Big Cats Initiative
- African Parks Network
- Bushcamp Company
- Royal Society for Protection Against Cruelty to Animals (need to double check that is the correct wording of the acronym!)
- Conservation, Food, and Health Foundation
- Elephant Charge
- Monarto Zoo
- Robin Pope Safaris
- Mulberry Mongoose
- Giraffe Conservation Foundation
- Rufford Foundation
- Radisson Blu Hotel Lusaka
- Zambia Wildlife Authority
- South Luangwa Conservation Society
- African Parks
- Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust
- Montana State University
- University of California, Monterey
- Arizona State University