Zambia: Africans on Safari by Kieran Dodds

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14 year old Grace Bwalya from Chalilo school in Sereje district, on her first safari in Kasanka National Park. "I am very happy to see Puku [antelope] for the first time and liked the arrangement of the teeth of the elephant - it is the first time I have seen that. I put my hand in the bit where the tusks were! I will tell my parents not to buy poached meat because it is the animals that bring in tourism. And the tourism sector has given a lot of jobs to a lot of people. So if poaching is allowed then there will be less jobs." Local schools and women's groups are regularly brought into Kasanka, which is unique in the country and unusual in Africa as it is privately managed and owned by a trust. People are able to see animals flourishing in land which was once free reign for poachers. Combined with anti-poaching scouts, the education programme is on the frontline of conservation methods in the park, showing local people wild animals in their natural habitat.