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Wildlife knows no boundaries. So AWF has defined areas across the continent that are critical to conservation. These Priority Landscapes can cover public and private lands alike and often cross borders.
75,110 hectares (287,028 sq. mi.)
Elephant, hippopotamus, antelope, giraffe, lion, leopard, hyena, zebra
Tropical and subtropical grasslands, savanna, shrubland, tropical and subtropical dry broadleaf forest
The Republic of Zambia is located in Southern Africa. Its name comes from the Zambezi river, which flows through parts of the country and also forms its southern border. Zambia has a tropical climate, high plateaus, broad plains, and river valleys.
One of the world’s fastest economically reformed countries, Zambia has much to gain. While its economy has predominantly been based on the copper industry, Zambians are seeking alternatives from the country’s other rich resources, such as agriculture, gemstone mining, and tourism.
Zambia has essentially two seasons: a rainy season that creates abundance and a dry season that creates stress. When the dry season hits, river channels shrink to trickles, and the hot land becomes parched. This impacts not only people, but wildlife. These extreme weather conditions create hunger for all, forcing wildlife to wander for food—causing crop damage and loss of potential income. There are other challenges, too, including poor farming methods and limited markets.
With tourism becoming an important industry thanks to natural wonders like Victoria Falls, it’s important for Zambia to keep its breathtaking forests intact and protect its wildlife. Faced with increased deforestation and poaching, certain wildlife populations are decreasing rapidly. There are also growing human-elephant conflicts as a result of an increase in crop raids and ivory.
With your help, African Wildlife Foundation can continue working on vital efforts like ranger training to prevent poaching, helping provide eco-friendly ways to deter wildlife from crops, and education for future generations. Donate for a cause that will help the people of Zambia, their land, and wildlife conservation.
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