Building a Team
The backbone of the Foundation's anti-poaching program are the wildlife conservation Rangers. Ten Rangers have been hired, trained and equipped (with one 4WD vehicle), and an office/barracks facility has been constructed with existing resources (from the $5.00 per diem conservation levy of Safari Lodge guests). The current annual operating budget is $20,000.
Ranger duties/responsibilities include:
Locating and apprehending poachers.
Recovering injured and orphaned wildlife.
Locating and removing snares and traps.
Deterring poachers with their presence.
Coordinating field operations with other Zambian enforcement authorities.
Eliciting intelligence information from the local communities.
2017/2018 Ranger Program expansion budget:
Add four additional Rangers and one office secretary - $23,220.
Purchase one additional 4WD vehicle - $45,000.
Purchase two off-road motorcycles-$10,000.
Purchase one boat, critical to rainy season operations - $3,000.
Total Annual 2017/2018 Budget Need - $81,220.