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The Valley of Elephants

Site Goals

Expand protected range

Decrease human-wildlife conflict

Self-sustain conservation through tourism

Work towards reintroducing

 Black Rhino

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Project Summary

Spanning over 70,000 square km of wildlife-managed land, the Luangwa Valley holds the majority of Zambia’s remaining elephants (14,000 / 22,000). The Valley is equidistant between the two largest remaining African Elephant populations: the Tanzanian population (14% of African Elephants) and the KAZA trans-frontier area population (44% of African Elephants).

Once called ‘The Valley of The Elephants,’ the Luangwa Valley used to be home to nearly 100,000 elephants and 6,000 black rhinos during the 1960 and 70’s.

During the height of mass poaching, the elephant population dwindled to a few thousand and black rhinos were declared nationally extinct in 1998. Over the next few decades, elephants slowly stabilized and increased, and black rhinos were reintroduced into North Luangwa by DNPW, Frankfurt Zoological Society, and North Luangwa Conservation Project.

The Luangwa Valley is once again a stronghold for African elephants, but the species remains a target for illegal trophy hunters as poaching begins to escalate once again. Since 2008, the rise in rhino horn and elephant ivory poaching throughout Africa has been mirrored by the elephant poaching in Luangwa, which has increased tenfold. 2016 and 2017 were the worst years on record since the early 1990s. 


We must fight not only to stabilize but to increase this elephant population and to re-introduce black rhinos into South Luangwa, where they can connect with the newly reintroduced North Luangwa population. These achievements would greatly assist the conservation of the two species as a whole.

Project Partners

Conservation South Luangwa (CSL ) | Awely | Luambe Camp

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We help farmers protect their crops with balls filled with chili oil rather than guns. Saving elephants 


We help farmers grow sustainable alternative crops that elephants don't eat, mitigating conflict.

Alternative Crops

We help build safe food stores, protecting locals' food from elephants and so stopping locals killing elephants in revenge.

Safe food stores

Rangers at this site are in desperate need of more and better equipment.

Ranger equipment

Ranger dogs can dramatically increase the ability for rangers to do their job and decrease the incidents of lethal force.


Sometimes it really is a numbers game. We need more rangers on the ground.


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"Conservation is humanity caring for the future” 

- Nancy Newhall

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Every little bit of support we get is vital to our work protecting these species and ensuring their long-term survival.