- Location: Zimbabwe, Africa.
- Founded: 1997 by John Knowles, founder of Marwell Zoological Park in Hampshire, England.
- Species: Black Rhinos, white rhinos, cheetahs, and small African antelopes (mainly duikers and mini-antelope).
Table of Contents
Dambari Wildlife Trust conducts research, education in local communities, fieldwork, and outreach programs.
The Dambari Wildlife Trust started a Cheetah Education Project back in early 2001 to educate 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 to improve 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 contact humans than other predators like lions and hyenas. 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 farmland that borders national parks.
Dambari Wildlife Trust initiated a farmer outreach program 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.
DWT conducts fieldwork by GPS collaring cheetahs to understand their ecology and behavior from commercial ranches to resettled farms.
See Related: PDXWildlife
Dambari Wildlife Trusts’ rhino program 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.
The trust receives donor funding, which is mainly used for management operations and training of rangers and rhino monitors and supplies them with vital equipment. Management operations include marking rhinos with unique identifiers to help rangers from ZPWMA* monitor and protect against poachers. It also involves translocation to secure areas and emergency support to remove snares.
*Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority
See Related: David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
The antelope program studies several antelope in the Matobo Hills with a focus on duikers and mini-antelopes. DWT initiated a population monitoring program in 2001, and they research the antelope effects on vegetation, their behavior, and reproduction in captivity.
See Related: The Sumatran Tiger Trust
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 donate.