Zambia: Africans on Safari by Kieran Dodds

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15 year old Gweni Mwanabene, from Kafinda basic school in Sereje district, on her first safari in Kasanka National Park. "Some parents think that National Parks are there because the people are involved in protecting animals are somehow selfish and don't want to share the animals in terms of meat with the others outside the national parks. If people kill the animals in the NP there won't be any left. It stops our country's development because animals are a source of tourist attractions." 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.