Anti Poaching, Kafue - Zambia
Tyrone McKeith & Phil Jeffery founded Musekese Conservation in 2018 in response to a sharp increase in poaching in the North-Eastern sector of the Kafue NP.
In the past, through their safari company Jeffery & McKeith, they had always supported the authorities and other organisations as and where they could but it became increasingly apparent that small, in-kind support was simply not enough despite the numerous organisations in and around Zambia. They therefore set out to establish Musekese Conservation with the support and endorsement of the government and local authorities. This enabled them to train and equip two full time anti-poaching teams stationed permanently at their base in Kafue National Park.
Short term goals
- Establish a permanent anti-poaching/law enforcement base in one of five identified safe zones
- Facilitate the training of Wildlife Police Officers and Community Scouts.
- Outfit patrol teams with vital equipment, uniform etc.
- Contributing to the rollout of digital radio systems across the Kafue National Park.
- Implement the Spatial Monitoring & Reporting Tool (SMART) for all patrol teams and law enforcement activities within the Safe Zone.
- Engage with adjacent communities and establish the foundations for a positive relationship.
Medium and long-term goals include the formation of a guide training facility and ecological centre for research and conservation, the establishment of community education and outreach programmes, and the reinforcement of other Safe Zones throughout Kafue National Park within the framework of DNPW (Department of National Parks & Wildlife) and alongside fellow conservation organizations.