South Luangwa Conservation Society
The South Luangwa Conservation Society
(SLCS) is a
non-profit organisation that is
committed to the conservation of the wildlife and natural resources of the South Luangwa
National Park and surrounding Game Management Areas. SLCS is partly sponsored by the safari
operators in Luangwa (LSA), but it relies heavily on individual donations to cover most of
its costs. Charity begins a home helps fund-raise for SLCS, primarily through the LCCF, and
also pays for scouts to conduct anti-poaching patrols in the areas around its camps during
the rains. In addition we ensure that our guides and camp staff report any signs of poaching.
In 2011 Charity begins a home sourced funds to buy SLCS a Cessna 180 light aircraft (to share
with the Zambian Carnivore Programme), to help them with law enforcement, research,
monitoring, and anti-poaching work. In 2011, the Luangwa Conservation Community Fund raised
enough to cover almost one third of SLCS's operating budget! In 2013 substantial funding was
given to SLCS to increase anti-poaching and anti-snaring activities in Game Management Areas
left vulnerable after a national hunting ban.
Zambian Carnivore Programme
The Zambian Carnivore Programme
(ZCP) is a non-profit Zambian registered trust dedicated to
conserving large carnivore species and their habitat in Zambia. Charity begins a home helps
fund-raise for ZCP, and our guides work with their researchers to report carnivore sightings
as part of the ongoing Luangwa Valley Carnivore Monitoring Programme
. Charity begins a home's
support of ZCP ranges from direct field support of camera trap surveys, providing daily
sightings and photographic data from our camps, assisting with and supporting lion collaring
and de-snaring. We also help fund-raising by contributing auction prizes. In 2011 Charity begins a home sourced funds to buy ZCP a Cessna 180 light aircraft (to share with the
South Luangwa Conservation Society) to help them conduct surveillance, wildlife research and
monitoring flights over the park.
The Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW)
The Department of National Parks and Wildlife (previously known as The Zambian Wildlife Authority-ZAWA)
has the overall authority for the administration of the South Luangwa National Park.
Its main objectives are to improve the quality of life among communities living close to wildlife, maintain
sustainable biodiversity in protected areas, reverse the decline of wildlife resources, improve wildlife
resource management and co-operation with the private sector and local communities in so doing.
Charity Begins at Home is proud to work with DNPW to achieve these objectives in the South Luangwa. As well
as generating revenue for the park through lease and park fees, we have worked in collaboration with them
over the past few years to improve the road networks around our camps, build an airstrip down in our area,
and we have implemented an extensive tsetse fly reduction programme. We must also not forget the DNPW escort
scouts based at each of our camps throughout the season, who play a vital role in keeping tourists safe and
happy on their walking safaris!