Our holistic approach to conservation
Through three pillars of conservation, Game Rangers International have established the greatest impact upon the landscapes where we focus our projects. Resource Protection focuses on empowering the frontline Rangers who protect wildlife against threats such as poaching as well as protecting the communities and promoting Human-Wildlife Coexistence. Our Wildlife Rescue Programme manages the Elephant Orphanage project, rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing the majestic African Elephants who have been separated from their herd and mother through human intervention. The Wildlife Rescue Teams support all wildlife in need where possible. Finally, Community Outreach focusses on educating, empowering and engaging the communities living contiguous to protected areas, ensuring that this generation and next appreciate the importance of a viable eco-system.
GRI embraces a holistic approach to conservation, and empower Rangers across three core thematic areas, Wildlife Rescue, Resource Protection and Community Outreach, GRI knows that working in this holistic way, we have a meaningful and lasting impact. GRI is also the only organisation in Zambia supporting ranger welfare, working to give rangers and their families access to the medical facilities they need and deserve.
GRI focuses on the areas around national parks, in the buffer zones called Game Management Areas (GMAs) where people come into contact with wildlife. It is here, we believe, we can have the most impact and where we are seeing the largest rise in conflict between people and wildlife. Unless we support the communities that live and work in and around these protected areas, we will never win the fight to conserve nature.
30% of Zambia’s landmass is protected, GMAs account for over 70% of these protected areas. They are vitally important for conservation, they form the transit routes for migrating animals and also allow the community to access and benefit from wildlife, sadly they have been overlooked for years. GRI is at the forefront of this change, making sure these areas are supported and invested in. These areas are vast, the map of Kafue National Park (Dark Green) and the GMAs (Light Green) show how much of these protected areas are buffer zones and not national parks.
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