in and around Victoria Falls
In Zimbabwe the Victoria Falls Conservation
Area is bounded by the Zambezi River and Zambia to the north and
Botswana to the west. It includes 3 National Parks - Victoria
Falls, Zambezi and Kazuma Pan, two Safari Areas - Matetsi and Deka
plus four forest areas.
In Zambia, Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park is
located along the Zambezi River between the Sinde River and the
Songwe Gorge. The park is bounded by the Zambezi, Dambwa Forest
Reserve to the north, the municipal area of Livingstone to the
east, and trust land to the south.
The smaller confines of Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park and Victoria
Falls National Park were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage
List in 1989.
This area as a whole and in particular where the main Victoria
Falls and Livingstone populations are settled is under immense
pressure with inevitable human/animal conflict and environmental
poaching on subsistence and commercial scales. Tourism demand
on Victoria Falls brings some reward but adds pressure to the
There's a large number of exceedingly dedicated individuals
working through various public and private conservation and
environmental bodies aimed at the preservation of the environment
and people around Victoria Falls.
Notable entities in need of well-deserved support include:
Wild Horizons Wildlife
Trust is a non-profit organization aiming to advance
and promote environmental conservation in Southern Africa through
hands-on wildlife research and management of a wildlife medical
care facility and orphanage. The company also focuses on education
and empowerment of indigenous resources through active involvement
in conservation training and community outreach
Based at Victoria Falls,
Zimbabwe, the Trust is dedicated to protecting the
area's unique indigenous fauna and flora, in collaboration with
appropriate authorities, local communities and other stakeholders.
Projects include but are not limited to, rehabilitation of injured
or orphaned wildlife, anti-poaching and wildlife veterinary
assistance where required, assisting with community-based projects,
and a children's conservation education program.
"The objectives of the Wild
Horizons Wildlife Trust are first and foremost the care and
rehabilitation of wildlife, and to impart knowledge and skills of
conservation of natural resources to communities"
The projects focus on four areas: Communities Outreach, Wildlife
Research, Wildlife Orphanage, and Conservation Training.
The projects that fall within the Communities
Outreach program are conservation-orientated projects
such as an education conservation program for school kids.
These projects are designed to raise community awareness about the
importance of conservation in the hope to reduce poaching.
Wildlife Research projects aim to find
sustainable ways to protect wildlife such as the elephant. These
projects incorporate ways of releasing animals and finding
solutions to the human-wildlife conflicts in the
The Wildlife Orphanage programs are
set up to protect, rescue and rehabilitate animals that are either
endangered or have been injured, abandoned or orphaned through
human interference. Release of these animals is also an issue
that is addressed.
Conservation training includes a variety of
courses about topics ranging from guiding to anti-poaching.
These courses are provided to either individuals, internal
employees or the private sector.
The overall aim of all the projects is to promote conservation
through community awareness as well as starting at a very basic
level of rescue and rehabilitation.