Musekese Conservation is a newly formed organization making resources available within an efficient field-based conservation programme. This is having an immediate impact on building effective capacity of Zambia’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) to control the illegal and unsustainable exploitation of Zambia’s wildlife heritage in and around the KNP.
Through fundraising and other initiatives Musekese Conservation is facilitating capacity building programmes in the Musekese-Lumbeya area of the central north-eastern block of KNP, in conjunction with the DNPW and other Conservation and Research Organizations.
The organization has its roots in Jeffery & McKeith Safaris (JM Safaris), which has for a long time supported the DNPW on the ground in KNP wherever possible, through providing fuels, rations and transport for regular patrols. JM Safaris have also been instrumental in the development of infrastructure in this region of the KNP.
Recent years however have seen a sharp rise in illegal activities across the region, fuelled by a growing demand for bush-meat and illegal wildlife products such as ivory, pelts and organs of large carnivores, pangolin scales, etc. Despite concerted efforts to keep these threats in check they remain severe and there are large gaps in law-enforcement capacity due to a significant lack of resources.
Alongside the DNPW there exists numerous organizations that work exceptionally hard to ensure the protection of the Park’s wildlife resources and the upliftment of adjacent communities. The KNP is vast however and Musekese Conservation endeavors to work alongside these organizations to increase the resources available.
Who we are
Phil & Tyrone - Conservationists and Professional Safari Guides based in the remote Kafue National Park, Zambia. Both Phil & Tyrone are graduates of the Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology (DICE) and together have over twenty years experience working in KNP in many different capacities, from guide training and lodge management to working with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife in developing the current Park Management Plans.
Phil has grown up in Zambia and is following in the footsteps of his father, a wildlife biologist who has spent many years working in the wildlife and conservation fields in Zambia and the region. Phil spent the first few years of his life growing up in the Luangwa Valley and is a keen amateur photographer and private pilot.
Tyrone has been coming to Zambia since he was a child and now calls this wonderful country home. Tyrone is also a keen photographer and naturalist, often delivering talks to large audiences about wildlife and conservation.
Watch this space as our team grows. If you would like to be a part of the movement then drop us a line on our email address at firstname.lastname@example.org.