Department of National Parks & Wildlife

Department of National Parks & Wildlife Protecting and conserving Zambia's wildlife estates and improving the quality of life among communities & maintenance of sustainable biodiversity.
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THIS IS THE OFFICIAL DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL PARKS & WILDLIFE PAGE. The Department of National parks and Wildlife Services is governed by the Zambia Wildlife Act, No. 14 of 2015 under guidance of the Ministry of Tourism and Arts. The primary objectives are:

1. To protect and conserve Zambia's wildlife and improve the quality of the life among communities in the wildlife estates.
2. Maintenance of sustainable biodiversity in national parks and game management areas.
3. To reverse the decline in wildlife resources.
4. To improve wildlife resource management to a level which will secure sustainable flow of benefits from the resources; and
5. To considerably improve the wildlife resource base investment in co-operation with the private sector and local communities. ZAWA has a significant role to play in the economic development of Zambia and its economic realization will significantly contribute to the GDP of Zambia. The following are among Zambia's noteble National Parks:

Kafue National Park (KNP)
South Luangwa National Park
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
Liuwa National Park
Lusaka National Park
Lower Zambezi National Park
North Lungwa National Park
Lukusuzi National Park
Nyika National Park

19/03/2021
Zambia Unveils All-Female Wildlife PoliceSAKABILO KALEMBWEZambia has started a pilot project of deploying on patrol an a...
19/03/2021

Zambia Unveils All-Female Wildlife Police

SAKABILO KALEMBWE

Zambia has started a pilot project of deploying on patrol an all-female squad of Wildlife Police Officers to combat wildlife crimes in the Lower Zambezi Conservation Area.

The initiative is already being used in South Africa and Zambia has followed suit in recognising the potential of women to combat wildlife crimes.

Similar Wildlife Scout programmes are being implemented across Africa to address illicit wildlife activities like trafficking, illegal trade and human-wildlife conflict.

These programmes enlist local community members sometimes even as volunteers to guard crops and livestock or maintain barriers erected to prevent wildlife raids.

Zambia has raised the bar by putting these scouts on monthly pays by the Community Resources Boards with a chance of being employed by Government depending on the candidate’s qualifications and availability of Treasury authority to employ.

Last week, 56 community scouts graduated from Chunga Wildlife Training School to be deployed to work in the various communities like Chiawa, Sioma, Mwandi among other places where they were selected from.

At the event, Government called on the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), the community resource boards and the conservation partners to demonstrate genuine gender inclusion as reflected in the government policy.

In a speech read for him by Director Human Resources and Administration William Katongo at the 16 Graduation Ceremony of 56 Community Scouts in the Kafue National Park, Tourism and Arts Permanent Secretary Patrick Lungu said his Ministry believes that integrating gender equity at this level of hierarchy is one of the best ways to prepare women and society for future roles.

He said government values the continued working relationship with partners like communities from where the scouts are coming from and that it is a shared responsibility with the community and conservation partners, as such, government will expedite Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in conservation areas as guided by the Seventh National Development Plan and Public-Private Partnerships Policy.

He said government will therefore encourage public-private partnerships that add value to conservation for the greater good of wildlife and the local community.

And Dr. Chuma Simukonda, DNPW Director who was represented at the event by Principal Operations Officer Lusizi Mwale said the Department values the role and gender balancing as seen by the graduation of 26 females out of the total number from the training.

He said the training has helped equip the females with various skills that will change their profile as the go back to serve the various communities where they come from.

Meanwhile, Matt Summerville who represented the various cooperating partners said USAID is committed to supporting women in leadership positions including those in the conservation sector.

He said women are equal partners in conservation and that there should be deliberate policies to support their cause.

Mr. Summerville said full participation of women in conservation is a sure way of growing the wildlife resource.

The training was made possible with support of cooperating partners who provided resources to ensure this training was a success.

The partners include Conservation Lower Zambezi, Mushingashi Conservancy, World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Cheetah returns to BangweuluFriday, 18 December, 2020Government has successfully translocated initial three cheetahs fro...
18/12/2020

Cheetah returns to Bangweulu
Friday, 18 December, 2020

Government has successfully translocated initial three cheetahs from South Africa resulting from a collaboration between Zambia’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), African Parks, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), Ashia Cheetah Conservation and National Geographic.

The reintroduction of the species is being undertaken to help restore Bangweulu’s biodiversity and aid efforts to secure safe spaces to promote the long-term survival of the species in the region.

Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) Acting Director says with the reintroduction of cheetahs to this wetland, Bangweulu would serve as a paragon for community conservation.

He said the unique tripartite partnership with the Community Resource Boards and African Parks has unlocked an opportunity here to help protect this vulnerable species from extinction in the wild, while helping to revitalize Bangweulu and enhance nature-based tourism.

Dr Chuma Simukonda says DNPW is proud to be working together to preserve biodiversity, securing lasting benefits not just for local communities and for all Zambians – but as a contribution to securing a sustainable legacy for the planet.
And African Parks’ (AP) Country Director James Milanzi says in many parts of the continent cheetahs face an uncertain future, but today the Zambian Government and Bangweulu’s communities are providing a chance for their recovery.

He said thanked AP’s 12-year partnership with the DNPW and six CRBs, Bangweulu has seen a dramatic transformation.

Mr. Milanzi says the reintroduction of cheetahs marks a new ecological milestone, and an exciting new chapter for eco-tourism to this region.

Meanwhile Cheetah Metapopulation Manager Vincent van der Merwe says with fewer than 7,000 cheetahs remaining in only a fraction of their historic range, safe and secure protected areas are essential to the survival of the species in Africa’s wild landscapes.

He says his organization managed to double wild Cheetah numbers in the fenced protected areas in Africa over the past decade.

And Bangweulu Wetlands Community Manager Emmanuel Mutamba says the community is very excited with the programme.

He said there are older generations that remember the existence of the cheetah in the Bangweulu ecosystem.

14/09/2020
30/06/2020
WCP - Wildlife Crime Prevention

WCP - Wildlife Crime Prevention

We are very proud to support the Department of National Parks and Wildlife K9 Unit in Lusaka.

These dogs can detect many illegal wildlife products and conduct operations throughout Zambia, particularly at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Lusaka, Zambia. They are a vital force for good in the fight against wildlife crime!

Thank you to the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Lion Recovery Fund and the U.S. Government through Frankfurt Zoological Society for their support to this initiative.

09/06/2020

CAF Chairperson Chitotela calls for more intra-African travel after Covid-19

United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Regional Commission for Africa (CAF) Chairperson Ronald Chitotela has called on the tourism sector leaders on the continent to appreciate the importance of intra-Africa travel.

Speaking when he addressed the 63 UNWTO Regional Commission for Africa Virtual Meeting this morning, Hon. Chitotela said it is unfortunate that Africa has neglected intra-travel for a long time.

He said he believes that the only way Africa’s tourism industry will be sustainable is when the continent changes its marketing strategies and approaches by focusing the tourism promotional and marketing efforts on intra-Africa travel.

The Zambian Minister of Tourism and Arts said African Tourism will only be sustainable once the continent overcomes the challenges that are currently hindering many Africans from travelling within the continent, with travellers finding it easier and more cost effective to travel abroad than within the continent.

And UNWTO Secretary General Ambassador Zurab Pololikashvili said there is need for Africa to do more to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 as the continent starts to re-opening the boarders for international travellers.

He said normal international travels are expected to resume in the month of September 2020 and that there is need for the continent to work on infrastructure for restart of the opening of the airwaves.

Ambassador Zurab said has suffered a decrease in travellers from 60 percent to 80 percent and that more than 2 million jobs have been lost world over.

Meanwhile, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy at the African Union Commission (AUC) Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid said the Covid-19 pandemic has brought about challenges in the aviation sector and interruption of marine corridors.

She said this has led to negative effects on both household and national economies and the sooner the tourism sector rebounds the better.

The meeting was scheduled to take place in march in Seychelles in the historical and botanical city of Victoria on Mahé Island, in April but could not take place due Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Mahé Island is renowned of one of Africa’s best white-sand beaches, endemic palms and orchids, as well as giant tortoises and fruit bats. today, the city of victoria has emerged as one of Africa’s important cities on our continent home to a vibrant, friendly and hospitable people with a rich cultural heritage.

DNPW treating lions in readiness for Munda Wangare-openingThe Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) is curren...
29/05/2020

DNPW treating lions in readiness for Munda Wanga

re-opening

The Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) is currently doing routine health checks and treatment of all the animals in Munda Wanga before it re-opens.

This is to ensure animals are clean of ticks and worms and looks attractive to the most esteemed local and foreign tourists.

Cats, especially lions are the major attraction to theb visitor to the wildlife sanctuary that will soon BE re-opening following President Edgar Lungu’s relaxing of Covid-19 restrictions on the Tourism Sector.

The Ministry of Tourism and Arts finds it unfortunate that some social media platforms have chosen to spread false information that lions at Munda Wanga are being flown out of the country for sale.

Facts are that, Munda Wanga is home to 13 lions in total out of which are four new cubs that were born three months ago and available for all to see.

Three of the lions are very old, over 25 years of age meaning they are getting close to the end of their lifespan and when they die trophies are collected and treated for the public to appreciate. There are other six that are just maturing.

All the lions are within Munda Wanga and the DNPW veterinary unit is regularly treating all the cats including caracals, serval cats, civets and other cats. Last week, the unit carried out the routine checks so that when the park re-opens animals are very healthy.

Lions at Munda Wanga are kept as ‘ambassador’ species and for education purposes to the general public.

The Ministry is cognizant of the fact that majority of Zambians cannot afford to travel to National Parks because of the distance and expenses involved, hence the need to ensure that Munda Wanga is well stocked for Zambians to see the ‘ambassador’ species.

Vets and Ecologists and the general DNPW management are in that regard working tirelessly to ensure the place comes back to life.

Munda Wanga Sanctuary and Botanical Gardens was closed on 27th March 2020 as precautionary measure against Covid-19.

Regarding safari hunting, the Department is yet to announce the official start of the hunting season.

DNPW will officially advertise in the public media to call for applications for those interested in the hunting

29/05/2020

DNPW treating lions in readiness for Munda Wanga

re-opening

The Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) is currently doing routine health checks and treatment of all the animals in Munda Wanga before it re-opens.

This is to ensure animals are clean of ticks and worms and looks attractive to the most esteemed local and foreign tourists.

Cats, especially lions are the major attraction to theb visitor to the wildlife sanctuary that will soon BE re-opening following President Edgar Lungu’s relaxing of Covid-19 restrictions on the Tourism Sector.

The Ministry of Tourism and Arts finds it unfortunate that some social media platforms have chosen to spread false information that lions at Munda Wanga are being flown out of the country for sale.

Facts are that, Munda Wanga is home to 13 lions in total out of which are four new cubs that were born three months ago and available for all to see.

Three of the lions are very old, over 25 years of age meaning they are getting close to the end of their lifespan and when they die trophies are collected and treated for the public to appreciate. There are other six that are just maturing.

All the lions are within Munda Wanga and the DNPW veterinary unit is regularly treating all the cats including caracals, serval cats, civets and other cats. Last week, the unit carried out the routine checks so that when the park re-opens animals are very healthy.

Lions at Munda Wanga are kept as ‘ambassador’ species and for education purposes to the general public.

The Ministry is cognizant of the fact that majority of Zambians cannot afford to travel to National Parks because of the distance and expenses involved, hence the need to ensure that Munda Wanga is well stocked for Zambians to see the ‘ambassador’ species.

Vets and Ecologists and the general DNPW management are in that regard working tirelessly to ensure the place comes back to life.

Munda Wanga Sanctuary and Botanical Gardens was closed on 27th March 2020 as precautionary measure against Covid-19.

Regarding safari hunting, the Department is yet to announce the official start of the hunting season.

DNPW will officially advertise in the public media to call for applications for those interested in the hunting

31/03/2020

Poachers shoot, kill WPO

Monday, March 30, 2020

Poachers have shot and killed a Wildlife Police Officer (WPO) by the name of Jonathan Katengulwe in Chisamba, Central Province.

Katengulwe was on patrol an a farm with two other officers, a Senior WPO Stanley Ngandwe and WPO Mwiya Mwiya who are currently admitted at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH).

Ngandwe is currently admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and his condition is considered as “critical but stable” while WPO Mwiya is admitted in ward G22 and has also undergone surgery to remove short gun pellet from the stomach area.

The incidence happened after director of Spyron Farm Mr. Andrew Spyron engaged the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), Kabwe office to help with a poaching problem which his staff had failed to contain.

The three-man DNPW patrol team was deployed at the farm on 20th March and on 27th March 2020, around mid-morning a shooting incidence at the farm occurred and that the three officers were seriously injured.

This happened when the officers were interrogating a suspect who they picked up when they were ambushed by his armed colleagues.

One of the officers retaliated by firing back in the quest to disable the assailants but it was late.

The officers were taken to Liteta Hospital after the police arrived on the scene; however the conditions of the other two officers were ‘serious’ and referred to UTH for specialized treatment.

The said officer unfortunately died in the ambulance, as it was about to leave the Liteta Hospital for Lusaka.

A combined team of Zambia Police and Department Of National Parks and Wildlife were sent in the area and has since apprehended four suspects.

These suspects are being held at Chisamba Police waiting an identification parade and the court process will follow.

27/03/2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 presents the tourism sector with a major and evolving challenge. Tourism is currently one of the most affected sectors according to the UNWTO who have revised its 2020 forecast for international arrivals and receipts. The tourism sector, like no other economic activity with social impact, is based on interaction amongst people. Meaning that people HAVE stopped travelling to avoid this pandemic.

TONIGHT: Minister of Tourism and Arts Hon. Ronald Kaoma Chitotela goes live on Diamond Live programme anchored by Mulenga Chipampe to discuss How tourism been hit by COVID-19 in Zambia and many issues in that line. Dont Miss Out at 21:00Hours. Diamond Tv is on Channel 171 on Dstv.

Government committed to paying ZMK20m for community fees from huntingThursday, February 20, 2020MINISTER of Tourism and ...
21/02/2020

Government committed to paying ZMK20m for community fees from hunting
Thursday, February 20, 2020

MINISTER of Tourism and Arts Minister Ronald Chitotela has said Government is committed to releasing and paying the ZMK19.8 million owed to communities in hunting areas.

Speaking at the Ministry Headquarters during a meeting on community funds from hunting this afternoon with six chiefs led by Senior Chief Luembe, the Minister said true wildlife conservation for tourism development can only be achieved with community involvement.

He said Government places communities as anchors of sustainable wildlife conservation even though animals may be state property, but that communities led by the chiefs live and protect the animals from threats like poaching.

Hon. Chitotela said the communities take care of the animals and hence their role cannot be over emphasized.

And Senior Chief Luembe said traditional leaders play a greater role including managing encroachments, poaching and fishing rights.

He said people don’t want to move from fishing camps even during fish ban and tend to resort to poaching and it’s the chiefs that have to push to control such situations.

Meanwhile Chieftainess Msoro said community scouts have shown commitment by being patient by waiting for 19 months or more without pay and continuing with the conservation duties.

The traditional leader said with good motivation the scouts are able to do more and contribute to Government revenue through tourism earnings and development.

She said disadvantaging areas like Msoro where she is, would disadvantage the entire South Luangwa National Park.

Senior Chief Luembe, Chieftainess Muwezwa, Chieftainess Chiyawa, Chieftainess Mpasha, Chief Mphuka and Chieftainess Msoro attended the meeting.

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