Throughout Africa elephant populations are being poached at alarming rates. The Zambezi Elephant Fund (ZEF) has been formed specifically to address the escalating rise of poaching in the Zambezi Valley in Zimbabwe.
It began when John Stevens, a private guide who operates in the area, decided to do something about this. Like-minded concerned individuals, operators, NGOs and relevant government bodies joined him and formed the collaborative ZEF initiative.
This is an area that has already lost its rhino population to poaching and is now losing elephants every month. Serious collective action is now absolutely critical in helping to stop the killing of elephants for their ivory here.
The Zambezi Elephant Fund (ZEF) works collaboratively with the Zimbabwean government, NGOs and the private sector to develop, implement and manage:
- Anti-poaching operations
- Field equipment and supplies for rangers and support teams
- Anti-poaching ranger training
- Conservation security planning and implementation
Information systems and networking
- Technology and systems for anti-poaching operations
The Zambezi Elephant Fund (ZEF) works to actively protect elephants in the Zambezi Valley, Zimbabwe by putting a stop to poaching and developing and putting in place systems that ensure the long-term safety of these incredible animals and the security and growth of other wildlife in the area, together with the protection of the environment and the improvement and sustainability of these efforts.
The Zambezi Elephant Fund recognises the importance of involving and supporting local communities – and projects are in place already that can be further supported by the Zambezi Elephant Fund.