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Overview

Zimbabwe is dealing with food- and water-security issues.

Officially called the Republic of Zimbabwe, this Southern African country is located between the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers. Home to 350 species of mammals, more than 500 birds, and 131 fish species, Zimbabwe is mostly grassland, but its mountains give way to tropical and hardwood forests.

The natural beauty here is picturesque with sights that include Mt. Nyangani and Victoria Falls, one of the biggest waterfalls in the world. But, even with all of this breathtaking scenery, Mother Nature is not always kind to Zimbabwe. It is continuously faced with recurring droughts that cause both food- and water-security issues for people and wildlife alike.

Challenges

Food, forests, and wildlife are all being destroyed.

At one time, Zimbabwe had an abundance of forests and wildlife. But, major drought, poverty, a growing population, and a lack of fuel have all led to massive deforestation. This, in turn, has caused soil erosion, destroying what fertile farming land there is.

Deforestation has accelerated, as rural areas use firewood for fuel. And, people do not understand that their actions are creating food-security issues. With the damaged soil unable to grow crops, people continue to turn to poaching as a way to eat and earn income.

Conservation efforts are needed to protect Zimbabwe’s natural resources. While Zimbabwe is a highly educated country, training opportunities are needed for the poorest people to learn new skills that aid in conservation and help better the lives of all.

Projects

Will you show Zimbabwe your support?

In Zimbabwe, African Wildlife Foundation supports agriculture and ranger training, conservation programs, and more. Learn more about our programs in this Southern African nation, then donate for a cause that will help the people of Zimbabwe, their lands, and their wildlife.

  • Zambezi Elephant Conservation
    Securing habitats for Southern Africa’s giants

    Elephants don’t know borders.

    Elephant populations in Southern Africa roam freely across many countries, seeking food, water, and suitable habitat. As a result,...

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  • Limpopo Leopard Conservation
    Studying leopards to ensure their future

    Little is known about the leopard’s conservation status.

    Leopards are solitary, nocturnal creatures that prefer to live in dense bush where their camouflage helps...

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  • Sekute Conservation Area
    Community-wide protection of Zambia’s wildlife

    Agriculture and population growth threaten wildlife in Zambia. 

    Historically, wildlife roamed freely around the Sekute Chiefdom in southern Zambia. But, in recent...

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  • Save Valley Rhino Conservancy
    Protecting rhino populations in Zimbabwe

    Zimbabwe’s rhinos are disappearing fast. 

    Zimbabwe’s current population of rhinos is estimated at approximately 430 black rhinos and 290 white rhinos. In the past...

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