Poaching and habitat loss are a significant problem in Zambia, and an extreme threat to the wildlife. In response, the Kasanka National Park's main daily operations are anti-poaching patrols. The Kasanka Baboon Project is the only permanent research project in the park, and is located in an area of the park with high floral and faunal diversity. Since the onset of our project, we have been helping Kasanka National Park with their anti-poaching efforts by walking through this species-rich, vulnerable habitat every day. Research conducted by the park shows that the presence of our camp has helped push the poachers out of the core area. Data show that fewer snares and gunshots have been reported in the area since mid-2010.
By Zambian law we are required to have 1 armed scout with us at all times. The scout is trained in anti-poaching methods, and can call for backup if any poaching activity is detected and must be pursued. In 2013, we decided to take on an extra scout, totaling 2 full-time scouts. We have found that this additional scout significantly expands our conservation footprint.
We have had several similar incidences including direct confrontation with poachers, finding snares, and saving baboons from aggressive dogs.