Many of the isolated tribes and villages in
Africa are not aware that their wildlife is more valuable to them
alive than dead. In areas where hunting and poaching are the norm,
the paucity of wildlife and the shyness of the animals is a deterrent
to any expansion of the tourism industry, one of the few industries
that increases the awareness of the value of wildlife preservation.
education programs have been shown to be highly successful in
curbing poaching and leading to legislation that greatly restricts
hunting. They are sought out by local conservationists and, because
of their broad support, are some of the logistically easiest programs
to implement. That
is why we selected to work with officers of Zambia's Wildlife
Authority (ZAWA) to put in place a wildlife education program
in Zambia's remote and impoverished Northern Province. The program
services primary and secondary schools and is headed by Senior
Wildlife Police Officer Thomas Mitti. The instruction is delivered
by ZAWA-trained education scouts.
Currently, the program services primary schools,
starting with 5th grade classes. With
your help, we hope to extend the program to secondary schools,
ensuring that the young people we reach develop with a sense of
fondness, ownership, and responsibility for the flora and fauna
that surrounds them.
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