Zimbabwe has vast areas of wild land, amazing ecosystems that are important habitat for African wildlife: lion, cheetah, leopard, painted dogs, elephant, buffalo, a plethora of herbivores, bird and aquatic life.

 

 

Some of these areas are protected, many are not.  In almost all, there is a need for conservation and sustainability education – to help people better understand the pressures they and the modern world put on the natural  environment, and how we can live well, more sustainably, and peacefully with and in nature.

 

PACE has strong and longstanding partnerships in Zimbabwe, but is pleased to have helped three new, very different conservation organisations this year. It’s been so encouraging to learn the extent of  environmental education taking place, and the energy of conservation educators in Zimbabwe, doing so much, often under challenging conditions, to conserve their natural heritage.

 

Jabulani Safaris have helped us hugely, by sharing resources locally.  Located in rocky savanna between Bulawayo and Gweru, Jabulani is a perfect place to make kids fall in love with nature. They host school camps, 30-40 a year, from prefects’ camps to Grade camps, that range from two days to over a week.  They create educational based programmes for each school camp. The conservation side has a focus and even a curriculum on vultures!  Thanks to help from VulPro they have a permanent vulture restaurant where visitors can watch free living birds come in to feed. We’re really pleased that our resources, co-produced with VulPro, link to their lessons, and are helping them get the conservation message out to more children and their families every month.

 

 

 

Wildlife Conservation Action has a different approach. It does a lot of work helping to reduce conflict between humans and wildlife.  The elephants that left footprints in the mud, above, can do tremendous damage to a smallholders maize field.  As the number of people needing land for farming increases, people expand into wild lands, and conflict results, with predators and elephants in particular.  WCA help people better understand the wildlife, and most importantly how to protect their livestock and crops. Painted dogs are particularly threatened in many of their areas,  persecuted largely due to lack of information, people wrongly fear Painted dogs, and don’t understand how and when they might need to protect their livestock.  WCA’s Guardians of the Wild education programme goes out to schools, in rural and urban areas.  They provide lessons, and organise seminars and field trips to national parks for school groups.

Zoologist Moreangels Mbiza (on the right in photo), founded WCA, she learned about ways to use PACE from Palloma Pachiti back in 2018, when she traveled to Palloma at her Sebakwe Conservation Education Centre for training.  It is a credit to Palloma that Moreangles own teams are now using PACE, albeit the most recent content –  “Through the PACE materials, we’ve been able to teach students about the importance of protecting wildlife and the environment. These materials have also provided us with the tools we need to encourage students to take action and become Guardians of the Wild.”

 

 

 

ZimConserve is different again, a grassroots Zimbabwean charity based near Harare. It uses innovative permaculture, micro-enterprise and educational programs to help improve living standards and people’s eco-literacy.  ZimConserve manages on a shoe-string but has a permaculture demonstration site and education centre, where people work together learning skills for vegetable production and home gardening, ways to help especially poorer people improve their diets and household budgets.  They also go out to schools and work with extracurricular clubs, helping children learn about sustainable ways of living, and about their wildlife and natural heritage.  ZimConserve connect with the people, we help by providing the resource materials!

 

We’re thrilled that these educators choose PACE, that we’re managing to address topics and issues that are a concern on the ground, and thank DHL, again, for their incredible sponsorship delivering PACE to those who need it.

 

Wildlife Club members at Kasvisva Primary School – growing trees as a start to their journey as Guardians of the Wild.