With the permission of the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority (ZPWMA), ALERT staff and volunteers from our partners at African Impact have kept busy over the past few weeks sanding, painting and stenciling the numbers into the campsite signs along Zambezi Drive in the Zambezi National Park. The newly refurbished signage along this well-travelled part of the Park will ensure international and local visitors know where legal campsites are found.
The signs were sanded down first to remove usual wear and tear, mud and any other particles. They were then painted with a thick gloss of ‘national parks green’ paint and left to dry. Stenciling of the numbers proved a harder, more intricate task, but our volunteers were up to the challenge. The stencils were printed from a computer and then cut out, and then placed over the signs and painted in a thick gloss golden yellow. Volunteers endured the heat - and even sometimes herds of buffalos – however, with the Zambezi River a stone’s throw away, spirits remained high!
It was discovered that some signs had been uprooted, likely by the many animals that frequent the area, so ALERT oversaw their replacement.
ALERT conducts valuable research and conservation activities within Zambezi National Park nearly every day, ensuring a strong partnership between the organization and ZPWMA. Keeping the Park’s infrastructure updated and maintained is also an important part of the focus of this partnership.