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by African Lion & Environmental Research Trust
Sponsor Community Guardians in Zimbabwe
Sponsor Community Guardians in Zimbabwe
Sponsor Community Guardians in Zimbabwe
Sponsor Community Guardians in Zimbabwe
Sponsor Community Guardians in Zimbabwe
Sponsor Community Guardians in Zimbabwe
Sponsor Community Guardians in Zimbabwe
Sponsor Community Guardians in Zimbabwe
Sponsor Community Guardians in Zimbabwe
Sponsor Community Guardians in Zimbabwe
Sponsor Community Guardians in Zimbabwe
Sponsor Community Guardians in Zimbabwe
Sponsor Community Guardians in Zimbabwe
Sponsor Community Guardians in Zimbabwe

Summary

ALERT plans to train and mobilise Community Guardians in the Matetsi Communal Area, Zimbabwe to protect livestock and crops against wildlife attacks. Livelihoods in this community are heavily dependent on farming and therefore reducing losses is key to human wildlife conflict mitigation. Trained Community Guardians use non-lethal methods such as construction of predator-proof livestock pens, tracking and scaring of predators and crop raiding elephants, early warning and reporting.

$6,600
total goal
$6,330
remaining
8
donors
0
monthly donors
1
year

Challenge

Living in close proximity to wildlife areas means that the Matetsi communities frequently suffer livestock losses to predators such as lions, leopards and jackals as well as crop losses from elephants raiding their fields. This has far reaching and detrimental effects on the 2500 families who rely on farming for food and to pay for school fees, essential commodities and healthcare. Some children in these communities even have to drop out of school so they can look after livestock.

Solution

By mobilising community guardians in the Matetsi Communal Area, ALERT will help to reduce human wildlife conflict to the benefit of both wildlife and people living in the area. Using various tried and tested non-lethal methods, trained Community Guardians help protect livestock and crops from wildlife to preserve livelihoods, ultimately uplifting communities.

Long-Term Impact

As a result of efforts by Community Guardians, the Matetsi communities will be uplifted and standards of living will improve. In the long term, community attitudes towards wildlife (especially lions and elephants) and conservation in general will improve as vulnerability to threats from wildlife decreases.

Resources

http:/​/​www.lionalert.org

Organization Information

African Lion & Environmental Research Trust

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @lionsinafrica
Project Leader:
Stuart Armstrong
London, United Kingdom
$270 raised of $6,600 goal
 
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