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Meet the First All-women Anti-poaching Unit in Zambia

Protecting threatened species in the Lower Zambezi national park was traditionally a man’s role. Now the country’s first all-female conservation squad is bringing a new perspective to the fight. It was the stark gender imbalance in wildlife conservation that prompted Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ) to form Kufadza in 2021. The NGO supports the Department of National Parks and Wildlife’s efforts to curtail poaching and other illegal activities in the Lower Zambezi national park in south-eastern Zambia, but also works with communities to manage human-wildlife conflict in the two game management areas that surround the park – buffer zones where people live and work, mostly in subsistence farming.