Conserving Leopards in KAZA

1) Panthera, 2) Department of National Parks and Wildlife
(1) Reduce demand for real leopard skins in Zambia (2) Partner with Zambian, Zimbabwean, and Namibian conservation authorities to establish a surveillance network to monitor leopard population status (3) Facilitate the adaptive management of leopards by enabling statutory authorities in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia to prioritise and design appropriate conservation interventions and respond to changes in leopard numbers where and when necessary etc

1) Organise manufacturing and delivery of faux traditional garments to Lozi, 2) Conduct counts of wild cat skins at Lozi cultural gatherings and conduct survey's with attendants, 3) Produce educational video(s) highlighting the detrimental effects of the illegal skin trade & promoting the use of synthetic alternatives, 4)  Engage with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) and other relevant departments at all levels, 5) Repeated camera trap surveys done at six sites across Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe to monitor population trends to facilitate increased law enforcement, 6) Train at least 30 staff from conservation authorities in monitoring methods.

HQ of the Initiative: 
Stellenbosch, South Africa
2017 to 2021
Is the timeframe likely to be extended?: 
Elaborate on likelihood to extend: 
Ongoing. A new phase of the project might soon be accepted
Thematic Focus: 
Policy & Leg frameworks, NR Protect & Mgt, Research
1st Contact Name: 
Guy Balme
1st Contact Email: