Securing the buffer zones of Hwange National Park

Steve Alexander
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Grantee Conservation Wildlife Fund
Type Expanding the conservation footprint
Location Zimbabwe
Grant Amount 75,000
Duration 1 year

Hwange National Park is home to a large and growing lion population. However, the buffer areas around Hwange suffer from high levels of snaring for bushmeat. This means that lion numbers are depleted in those areas and lions from the park are vulnerable to being killed in snares when they move into neighbouring areas. The Conservation Wildlife Fund is an initiative that has been developed by a consortium of tourism operators in Hwange. Their objective is to help create an effective buffer around Hwange NP by securing the adjacent forestry, communal and private wildlife areas - initially by tackling snaring, and in future, by tackling human-lion conflict. Funds have been requested from the LRF to help increase the number of anti-poaching units operating in these buffer areas. This initiative will be part-funded by the tourism industry, who are imposing bed-night levies on guests and as such will unlock a new source of funding for lion conservation.