In Africa, poachers armed with poisons, snares, and high-powered weapons kill 100 elephants every day, and one rhino is killed every eight hours.
At the mercy of Asian criminal syndicates, the farmer who cannot eek out a living on unproductive land, and the unemployed laborer who cannot find meaningful work, turn to poaching as a means of survival. Without immediate intervention, elephants and rhinos will be well on their way to extinction. It will not be a question of IF, it will be a question of WHEN.
The non-profit, charitable Nsefu (pronounced Ne-Se'-Fu) Wildlife Conservation Foundation was established in 2015 to stop poaching and to protect wildlife in the game-rich Nsefu sector of Zambia, Africa.
The Foundation's MISSION is two-fold:
- To preserve and protect the wildlife in Zambia, while developing and supporting community programs which provide economically viable alternatives to poaching.
- To educate the Nsefu Community, particularly its youth, about the critical importance of environmental and ecological stewardship.
The economic future and well being of many African States and communities will depend on the growth in eco-tourism. Viewing the magnificent herds of elephants, and the occasional rhino in the wild is what makes the African experience so rewarding for tourists.
THE HISTORY OF THE NSEFU WILDLIFE CONSERVATION FOUNDATION
The Foundation was the product of a partnership between the owners of Zikomo Safari (an Eco-Hotel ), who were concerned about the escalating loss of wildlife in the areas surrounding their lodge, and a passionate radio show host, who had a long history of defending and caring for animals.
Hotel owners, Victoria and David Wallace, and San Diego radio personality, Coe Lewis, had a collective vision of stopping the killing of African wildlife, while helping the Nsefu people rise above poverty. Coe became responsible for creating a visible U.S. presence, and the Wallace family became the Foundation's operational face in Zambia. Together they are the spine of the Nsefu Wildlife Conservation Foundation.
The Foundation shares a commitment to protecting and preserving African wildlife and ecosystems with many dedicated and effective organizations which have similar charters.
The Nsefu Foundation however, is unique in several ways:
- 100% of ALL funds raised are dedicated to anti-poaching initiatives. ALL administrative and fund raising functions are undertaken by volunteers. The Foundation's Board of Directors serve because of a shared commitment to Nsefu's wildlife conservation mission.
- The focus of the Foundation's operational programs is within a well defined geographical area and community, thereby providing increased opportunities for managing programs and measuring project impacts.
- It was recognized that anti-poaching enforcement efforts would likely fail unless a significant emphasis was placed on establishing a genuine and solid economic interface with the adjacent communities. This emphasis was the genesis for a three pronged operational strategy with rangers for enforcement and deterrence, education to impart the importance of conservation at an early age, and bee-keeping to keep elephants out of local farms, while generating income through the sale of honey.
The Foundation began its Zambian operations with a per diem conservation levy on guests staying at the Zikomo Safari Lodge, and with monies generated through U.S. Fund raising efforts. The foundation, having demonstrated success in abating poaching. is now seeking financial support to grow and sustain its conservation agenda and mission.