Can Artificial Intelligence Help Pinch Poachers?
31 October 2019
Late in June, Peace Parks Foundation had the pleasure of delivering a Toyota Land Cruiser to Zambia’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife for use in Zambia’s Lukusuzi National Park, part of the Kasungu-Lukusuzi component of the Malawi-Zambia Transfrontier Conservation Area. The vehicle had been procured thanks to funding from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
Lukusuzi National Park has had no vehicle for close to 20 years, which presented many challenges. Anti-poaching operations in the park, for one, had to be conducted on foot or using vehicles from the regional headquarters in Chipata, 140 km away.
Receiving the vehicle on behalf of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, the principal officer for community-based natural resource management Mr Edward Chilufya, thanked GIZ for making the funds available, though Peace Parks Foundation, to procure the vehicle. Mr Chilufya handed the vehicle keys to park staff, who celebrated the occasion with members of the community. The vehicle will be used for resource protection and community programmes.
Thank you GIZ for supporting the work of Lukusuzi!
Story and photos by Lackson Mwenya
Project coordinator: Kasungu-Lukusuzi GIZ Project