HSI has supported the anti-poaching and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation work of Conservation South Luangwa (CSL) in Zambia since 2012.

Human populations have more than doubled in the past 20 years in this area of Zambia putting a strain on neighbouring wildlife and generating a massive spike in poaching for bushmeat.

Snares are the weapon of choice for poachers generating high returns with low risk and they take a terrible toll on a wide variety of wild animals including highly endangered wild dogs.

More than 10,000 snares have been removed by CSL scouts and more than 160 elephants, 25 lions and 20 hyenas have been treated for snare wounds since 2005.

HSI support has also assisted CSL with aerial surveillance to track poachers and the training of detection dogs which are having a significant impact on locating wildlife products during village searches working with the Zambia Wildlife Authority.

Image: Chris Searle