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VICTORIA FALLS ANTI-POACHING UNIT
"Dedicated to Wild life Conservation"
In Co-operation with...
• National Parks and wildlife Management Authority
• The Zimbabwe Republic Police
• Victoria Falls Tourism Police
• Victoria Falls Municipal Police
The Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe is one of the
seven natural wonders of the
world and have been designated a World Heritage Site, under the UNESCO World
Heritage Convention. The falls are surrounded by the 2 340 ha Victoria Falls
National Park and the 57 000 ha
Zambezi National Park. These state-protected
areas are home to numerous species of fauna and flora, which, through recent
times have unfortunately been subject to a dramatic increase in various
forms of poaching.
The Victoria Falls Anti Poaching unit is committed to the conservation of its
The unit was established in January 1999, by the Victoria Falls Safari
Lodge and local safari operator Charles Brightman, see more about about Charles
Today, working in close co-operation with both the Parks and wildlife
management authority and the Zimbabwe Republic Police, the unit patrols an
area within a four kilometre radius from Victoria falls.
"VFAPU's impact has been Dramatic."
Whilst its main activity is largely
directed at the removal of snares and the apprehension of mammal and wood
poachers, a great deal of time is spent educating and reinforcing the
benefits of conserving our natural resources.
A critical part of the anti- poaching unit's philosophy has been to
recognise that many people have been driven to poaching by economic hardship
and that alternative means of subsistence need to identified and encouraged.
Thus the unit has been working on job creation and economic development
groups to try and rehabilitate poachers rather than taking a purely punitive
A total of 15 men work in the Unit, which is managed and operated by
Charles Brightman, ably assisted by Lovemore Ncube - senior scout.
Successes to date include the recovery of over 19300 wire snares and
the arrest of more than 400 poachers.
The unit relies solely on private funding from donors and sponsors.
receives no Government funding at all. Tour operators within Victoria Falls
contribute as much as they can to protect their heritage.
The ultimate goal
is to receive international funding so Vic Falls anti-poaching unit can extend its area of operation,
but in the short term the unit is extremely short
of funds just to keep the basic operation active.
Please if you feel like making a donation of any size contact Charles at
the address below or
and we will assist in getting you in touch with the right people.
If you would like to receive updates on the Victoria Falls
anti-poaching unit's successes and
challenges. Please subscribe to our newsletter below.
Victoria Falls Anti Poaching Unit (VFAPU)
PO Box CT 544
Tel/Fax: +263 13 45821
Cell No: +263 11209144
Please also read our page on the
Friends of Hwange which is a trust formed to save the wildlife in Zimbabwe's largest National Park -
IAPF - International Anti
Poaching Fund is also working tirelessly to save our wildlife. Their
website details the shocking facts - see how you can help.
Please take a look at these photographs provided by the Victoria Falls
Anti-Poaching Unit. Click on the photos to enlarge.
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