Tags: Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Southern Africa, Kazungula, Elephant, Ecosystems, Land-Use Planning, Sekute Conservation Area, Topi, Cheetah, Colobus Monkey, Hedgehog, Hippopotamus, Oryx, Porcupine, Roan Antelope, Sable
Historically, wildlife roamed freely around the Sekute Chiefdom in southern Zambia. But, in recent years, human population growth, agricultural enterprise, and tourism-related development have threatened these critically important wildlife dispersal corridors.
In late 2009, African Wildlife Foundation signed a landmark conservation agreement with the Sekute community to establish, manage, and protect an important conservation area in exchange for a host of community and economic benefits. The Sekute Conservation Area covers more than 50,000 acres and is part of a larger region that hosts a large population of elephants. This agreement continues a conservation partnership that began with the community in 2000.
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