summary The aim of the Honorary
Rangers Rapid Action Team Zambia (a.k.a. RATZ) is to provide
support for an overstretched wildlife authority. Working alongside
National Parks staff, RATZ supply back-up in the fight against
elephant poaching and illegal snaring and fishing in and around
South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.
Trade plus Aid donated £15,000 to the Environmental Investigation
Agency to enable RATZ to set up a second base further inside
the Park, in order to expand their activities. This donation funded a second vehicle and a boat for access in the wet
season, which is the time when most of the serious poaching
and snaring occurs. RATZ were able to increase their number
of staff and improve training methods, which in turn is of
benefit to the wider community. In an area with limited employment
opportunities, RATZ only employs local people and by doing
so supports a much greater body of people.
In 2003, RATZ were instrumental in arresting the poacher
whose statement led to the Singapore seizure of 6.5 tonnes
of ivory. And crucially, RATZ will provide EIA with information
on what is happening on the ground in Zambia, as EIA anticipates
a poaching increase with the news that three Southern African
countries (South Africa, Botswana and Namibia) have been given
the go-ahead to sell 60 tonnes of their ivory stockpiles in
Project Update Reports
To view a short film on project (July 2005) visit http://www.eia-international.org/multimedia.shtml.
For further information on EIA visit www.eia-international.org.
This project is accredited to Rouse & Co and Willoughby &
Partners without whose pro bono
advice there would not have been the funds available to
finance this project.
'In 1930, 205 million elephants lived
in Africa, but today there are only about 60,000 left.
The reduction of their numbers is due to habitat loss
and poaching before the international trade in ivory
was banned in 1989'
Elephants crossing the Luangwa River, South Luangua
National Park, Zambia Oct 2001
Elephants in Tsavo National Park, Kenya.
RATZ patrol preparing to set off on a snare-sweep. South Luangwa National Park, Zambia, October2001