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Organisation’s aim: The Kasanka Trust exists to protect Kasanka National Park, one of Zambia’s smallest National Parks. Since its foundation, the Kasanka Trust has also become responsible for the management of Lavushi Manda National Park and Shoebill Island Camp in the Bangweulu Wetlands. The Trust protects these areas through park management, community development and eco-tourism.
The Kasanka Trust was founded by David Lloyd, a British former district officer, and Gareth Williams, a local commercial farmer, to rescue the wildlife of Kasanka. Despite becoming a national park in 1972, poaching was rife and the mammal populations were on the verge of disappearing without action.
With the permission of the National Parks and Wildlife Services and the local community, the Kasanka Trust began as an initiative to revitalise the park using private funding and donations. The Trust took over sole management of the park in 1990, and in 2002 David Lloyd’s contribution to conservation was recognised when he received an OBE medal in the Queens Jubilee honours.
Other projects and activities
- Effective conservation management of the Kasanka National Park, Lavushi Manda National Park and Shoebill Island Camp
- Maintaining a strong eco-tourism infrastructure to support the conservation of the park and benefit the local community
- Promoting education and research in wildlife conservation, particularly raising awareness of environment issues in local schools
- Supporting rural development schemes in the adjacent community, including a Reformed Poachers Program which gives ex-poachers the opportunity to learn sustainable new livelihood skills
Management: Dion & Tigger Scott
Email: tigger @ kasankanationalpark.com