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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