The data gathered is being used to generate a refined vegetation/habitat map for the Park, a report on areas of concern (e.g., invasive alien plants, erosion, extensive livestock encroachment, or illegal human activities such as wood poaching), and recommendations for habitat management to increase wildlife numbers. This work has been key to designing and implementing our Wetlands & Weeds Projects.
In addition to these habitat management projects, Dambari Wildlife Trust’s research on the movement and grazing patterns of large herbivores throughout the region not only builds our knowledge of the individual species but also helps manage any conflicts associated with large herbivores competing for resources with livestock from communities bordering the park.
As with many other countries on the African continent the international, illegal wildlife trade has implications for the monitoring and security of wildlife in the park. Dambari Wildlife Trust is active in the training and development of parks personnel and also in rhino conservation efforts, including dehorning, micro-chipping and ear notching for tracking and identification purposes.
At Dambari Wildlife Trust we know it is critical to strengthen the relationship between community and the natural world, most importantly in our local region. To this end we have been running a Schools Biodiversity Monitoring Project for nearly a decade and we also support the tertiary education of young people from the local region and Zimbabwe who want a career in conservation.