Game Rangers International
Game Rangers International (GRI) is a Zambian conservation organization, working alongside the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) to protect the wildlife in Zambia. The organisation has been active in Kafue National Park (KNP) since 2008, originally founded to protect the threatened elephant population in KNP through law-enforcement, animal welfare, education and outreach.
GRI has developed over the years and to encompass the following themes; Resource Protection, Community outreach and Education and Wildlife Rescue.
EMPOWERING RANGERS AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO CONSERVE NATURE
GRI currently implements 4 projects:
1. GRI - Kafue Conservation Project (KCP) - Providing welfare, training and operational support to wildlife personnel on the front line of endangered species protection. Implementing community outreach and education programmes in the communities around Kafue National Park
2. GRI - Elephant Orphanage Project (EOP) - Rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing orphaned elephants back into the wild
3. Zambia Primate Project (ZPP) - Rescuing and rehabilitating injured, orphaned and illegally held vervet monkeys and yellow baboons for release back in the wild.
4. GRI-Community Outreach and Education Project-Conducts outreach activities, education and livelihood programmes with communities and schools around the Kafue National and across the country. GRI believes that the conservation problems cannot be resolved without the genuine involvement of the local communities in managing and benefitting from the natural resource opportunities that protected areas present.
GRI takes a holistic approach to conservation and development, rooted in the belief that the key to sustainable, long term utilisation of Zambia’s natural wealth is best achieved by the full participation of its citizens in managing these vital, internationally important eco-systems. These areas do not only contain a diversity of wildlife, they are also important cultural resources that provide opportunities for tourism, conservation education and research as well as contributing to the socio-economic well-being of the surrounding local communities and Zambia as a whole.
GRI is a Zambian registered not for profit organisation
GRI is a Zambian registered not for profit organisation and was established with critical and on-going support by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF). The organisation supports a staff of over 85 people, and maintains facilities in Lusaka as well as in Kafue National Park and at Lilayi Elephant Nursery. Activities are supported by an administrative team working from the Country Office in Lusaka. GRI activities are overseen by a Board of Trustees consisting of seven members, six Zambian based and one international member. The Board meets regularly during the year to provide oversight of the management team and guide the direction and growth of the organisation. GRI’s financial management is overseen by Business Guru and Financial Statements are prepared by the Zambian offices of the international accounting firm BDO.