Location: Zimbabwe, Africa.
Founded: 1997 by John Knowles, founder of Marwell Zoological Park in Hampshire, England.
Projects: Dambari Wildlife Trust conducts research, education in local communities, field work and outreach programmes.
The Dambari Wildlife Trust started a Cheetah Education Project back in early 2001 with the purpose of educating children and farmers.
Living with Cheetahs: A Teacher’s Manual: DWT worked with the Cheetah Conservation Fund from Namibia and Zimbabwean Non-Governmental Organisation ACTION to design a school book aimed at improving upper primary school children’s understanding of Cheetahs. It focuses on the importance of their natural environment and contains quizzes to evaluate the children’s understanding of the concepts taught in the book.
The creative side of the school project stimulates children’s interest through art, craft and creative writing.
Living with Predators: A Farmer’s Guide: Cheetahs are more likely to come into contact with humans than other predators like lions and hyena. Being a poor competitor to these other predators, Cheetahs tend to hunt outside protected wildlife parks and often prey on livestock leading to conflicts with farmers. This is due to habitat loss caused by the expansion of farm land which borders national parks.
Dambari Wildlife Trust initiated a farmer outreach programme to ease the conflicts. Through meetings and launching an educational guide, DWT shows farmers how to live alongside Cheetahs and reducing livestock losses without killing Cheetahs.
Research: DWT conduct field work by GPS collaring cheetahs to understand their ecology and behaviour from commercial ranches to resettled farms.
Dambari Wildlife Trusts rhino programme is a part of the Zimbabwe National Rhino Management Plan. They mostly work in Hwange and Matobo National Parks with the western rhino Intensive Protection Zones due to their southern location in the country.
The trust receives donor funding which is mainly used for management operations and training of rangers and rhino monitors as well as supplying them with vital equipment. Management operations include marking rhinos with unique identifiers to help rangers from ZPWMA* to monitor and protect them against poachers. It also involves translocation to secure areas and emergency support to remove snares.
*Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority
The antelope programme studies a number of several antelope in the Matobo Hills with the focus on duikers and mini-antelopes. DWT initiated a population monitoring programme in 2001 and they research the antelope effects on vegetation, their behaviour and reproduction in captivity.
How to help
Do you want to support the Dambari Wildlife Trust in their work to educate locals in Zimbabwe and their direct work in the field to protect endangered animals, then go to their website and make a donation.