January proved an exciting month for ALERT’s research team in Livingstone as they carried out snare sweeps in Zambia’s Mosi-O-Tunya National Park. Not only because they managed to remove 54 snares (44 of which were all found on the same day), but also because they were able to witness how resident wildlife continues to thrive during the rainy season.
Now at the peak of the wet season, it is even more difficult than usual to find snares because of thick vegetation. Despite this challenge, ALERT, local partner Wildlife Encounter, and Zambia’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) continue to join forces to fight poaching in the Park, with the assistance of a dedicated team of project volunteers.
Alongside this success story, a sobering discovery was made during one snare sweep, when the team stumbled upon the remains of an impala which had been killed by a snare wire. The sight of it was both emotional and motivating, because it acted as a reminder of the vital role we are playing in helping to conserve the rich biodiversity of the Mosi-O-Tunya National Park.
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