|Grantee||Musekese Conservation ↗|
|Type||Support for the management of protected areas|
Musekese Conservation is a not-for profit conservation initiative of a small tourism outfit, Jeffrey & McKeith Safaris, based in Kafue National Park. Musekese have partnered with Panthera—who’s objective is to develop a series of 5 intensive protection zones (IPZ) in areas of high tourism value, high value for carnivores, and high value for tourism in the park. Musekese are going to establish a second IPZ in northern Kafue to tackle the threat posed by bushmeat poaching. Lion numbers in the area are suppressed by the reduction in densities of prey that has occurred due to bushmeat poaching. Support for anti-poaching is the most direct means of tackling that threat. Musekese have requested support for equipment for the operations of the anti-poaching unit that they are setting up. LRF funding will be used to leverage further support from visitors to the park.
Update: We've issued additional funding to this project in 2019 from their very impressive efforts in establishing an anti-poaching unit, constructing a base, and undertaking impactful patrols. This funding will help them build on those achievements and make further progress tackling poaching.