FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Zambian Diplomat To Meet With African Conservancy
Members During First Annual Gala Event
Visit from Christopher Chungu
will focus on tourism to Zambia
Vista, Calif., September 23, 2002 - The African Conservancy,
a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of African wildlife
and traditional cultures, today announced that Christopher Chungu, First
Secretary (Political) of the Embassy of the Republic of Zambia, will speak
to members and guests during the organization's first annual gala event
on October 5.
Taking place at the African Conservancy's headquarters in Vista, the event
will also include a silent auction of pieces of African art, safari packages
and other African Conservancy branding items. The organization hopes that
Chungu's visit will build awareness about issues surrounding tourism to
"People often underestimate the importance of maintaining a strong relationship
between first and third world countries," said Chungu. "Everything that
is done in the United States has a significant impact on Zambia, and everything
that is not done in Zambia will eventually impact us here."
The African Conservancy maintains a base of operations in Lusaka, Zambia
and is currently developing tourism, socioeconomic, wildlife protection
and species reintroduction programs in Africa. Its paid project staff
is composed primarily of African locals.
Members of the African Conservancy have an opportunity
to travel with a cause and obtain an in-depth look at the people and wildlife
of Zambia during the organization's safari program. The safaris enable
participants to explore remote locations in Southern Africa by private
plane, 4x4, canoe, motorboat, and on foot.
According to Chungu, "When it comes to traveling, Zambia provides the
best true-to-form African experience because the majority of its wildlife
and traditional cultures have remained untouched over the years."
The travel program is one of several of the African Conservancy's earned-income
ventures, which are created in partnership with African communities and
provide the organization with an additional revenue stream beyond fundraising
"We are pleased the Embassy of the Republic of Zambia has demonstrated
an interest in nurturing Zambian-U.S. relations by attending our event
and speaking with our members," said Corinne Waldenmayer, president and
co-founder of the African Conservancy. "We hope to continue sharing insights
about Africa and working together towards a common goal of preserving
its unique environment for future generations."
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