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The wildlife and protected areas of Zambia and Africa suffer ever increasing threats from poaching and encroachment whilst underfunded and under resourced law enforcement struggles to combat these threats.

To address this, GRI's Resource Protection Programme (RPP) empowers government and community Rangers to better secure Zambia's protected wildlife areas, via support to anti-poaching and firefighting teams. GRI supports operations with essential equipment and supplies, delivers training to ensure that Rangers have the skills to operate effectively and safely, and provides crucial welfare support for them and their families.



GRI has supported 70,925 Total Ranger Patrol Days

1,045 Poachers and traffickers apprehended

512 Illegal firearms recovered



416kg of Ivory seized

24,989kg of bushmeat recovered


2,391 snares removed



23 Lion and Leopard

skins recovered

15 Live pangolin recovered

and released

6 Anti Poaching Units and

100 Rangers fully empowered

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The Special Anti-Poaching Unit (SAPU) was established as an intelligence led, rapid response unit, with a strike anywhere capability.  The unit aims to directly target wildlife crimes in order to disrupt poaching and trafficking networks. SAPU has an embedded intelligence unit to identify the threats to Zambia’s wildlife, and it has demonstrated its capability as a specialised unit to date:

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710 poachers & traffickers arrested

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361 illegal firearms seized

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15 live pangolins recovered 


372kgs of ivory seized

SAPU currently deploys 3 full time teams. SAPU North operating from Hook Bridge, and SAPU South and SAPU KAZA, both operating from Musa Gate in southern Kafue. In addition to providing rapid response capabilities versus wildlife crimes in and around Kafue National Park, SAPU South also has the mandate to provide security to the Kafue Release Area of the GRI-Elephant Orphanage Project. SAPU KAZA extends the reach of SAPU deeper into the Zambian section of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA).

SAPU North and South are supported by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, and SAPU KAZA by Space for Giants. Additional developments at Musa Gate and Hook Bridge have been supported by Beit Trust and WWF.

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Established with support from GRI, the Department of National Parks and Wildlife's Marine Anti-Poaching Unit, has been patrolling on and around Lake Itezhi-Tezhi since 2016, in order to control illegal fishing and prevent poachers entering Kafue National Park across the lake.


In 2019, WWF launched the Connected Conservation Initiative (CCI), which is a GRI-WWF partnership with CISCO Systems and FLIR Systems, and has installed a virtual fence of networked thermal imaging cameras across the key trafficking routes of Lake Itezhi-Tezhi. 


Monitored by DNPW and GRI from the newly developed Musa Command Post, CCI will use these innovative technologies to detect and disrupt illegal activities on the lake.


CCI is supported with strike team capability by Marine Anti-Poaching Unit and SAPU South.

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The USAID supported Community Wildlife Protection Project (CWP) commenced in February 2019 and is being implemented in the Mumbwa and Namwala Game Management Areas (GMAs) by GRI.


The project goal is to decrease poaching and other illegal activities, in order to improve and sustain benefits from wildlife conservation through law enforcement support to community institutions in the Greater Kafue Landscape.


CWP has recruited and trained 22 new community scouts from the local communities and now supports 34 scouts in total from Mweengwa Gate, which has been redeveloped under the project. As well as providing vehicles, kit and equipment for Mweengwa Anti-Poaching Unit, CWP has also added a digital radio repeater at Puku Pan Hill. CWP began patrols in September 2019.


With your support... we can continue to support Rangers on the front line of conservation



Patrol rations for 1 Ranger for 1 day



First Aid Field Dressing essential for responding to Ranger casualties

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1 hour of fuel for Aerial Surveillance, enabling a 100km transect to be patrolled



Gum boots and a raincoat for a Ranger during Zambia’s rainy season



A basic uniform pack for 1 Ranger



Monthly Rations pack for 1 Ranger

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