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In Zambia’s Kafue National Park community rangers are using thermal imaging technology to expand protections for people and wildlife.
Kafue National Park is Zambia’s largest—about 8,600 square miles, or roughly the size of New Jersey—and poachers have taken advantage of its size and its relatively small ranger force for years, killing animals for bushmeat, elephant ivory, and other uses. And this poaching doesn’t just hurt wildlife. A recent study of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park found that in a single year, wildlife tourism added $14.8 million to the communities around the park and another $23.4 million to the regional and national economy. Any loss of wildlife to poaching—even in Kafue, where wildlife tourism is still small—can mean real economic hardship, if at a much smaller scale.
Keywords: Africa; elephants; Kafue National Park; poaching; rangers; wildlife; Zambia
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