About GRI

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 empower rangers and local communities to conserve nature.

GRI has developed over the years to encompass the following themes; Resource Protection,Wildlife Rescue  and Community Outreach & Education.

OUR VISION

A SUSTAINABLE PLANET WHERE MAN AND NATURE CO-EXIST IN TOTAL HARMONY

We are working towards this vision by embracing a holistic approach to nature conservation, which focuses on people protecting, working and living alongside wildlife and natural spaces.

OUR MISSION

EMPOWERING RANGERS AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO CONSERVE NATURE

 

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GRI AIMS & OBJECTIVES

The Aims & Objectives of Game Rangers International (GRI) are:

  1. To support the conservation and protection of wildlife and habitats within Zambia’s National Parks, Game Management Areas and other wildlife estates for the long term benefit and enjoyment of all future generations.
  2. To support the welfare of bona-fide personnel involved in the conservation and protection of wildlife and habitats within Zambia’s National Parks, Game Management Areas and other wildlife estates.
  3. To support the training and capacity development of bona-fide personnel involved in the conservation and protection of wildlife and habitats within Zambia’s National Parks, Game Management Areas and other wildlife estates.
  4. To support the operations of bona-fide personnel involved in the conservation and protection of wildlife and habitats within Zambia’s National Parks, Game Management Areas and other wildlife estates.
  5. To support the Rescue, Rehabilitation and safe Release of orphaned animals, indigenous to Zambia, back into the wild where they belong.
  6. To support the safe re-introduction of indigenous endangered species back into Zambia’s National Parks, Game Management Areas and other wildlife estates.
  7. To support research programmes which will advance the conservation of threatened or endangered species within Zambia’s National Parks, Game Management Areas and other wildlife estates.
  8. To promote the charitable purposes of GRI, by whatever means, for the benefit of raising awareness, funding and the advancement of tourism in Zambia.
  9. To promote and support environmental educational programmes which will advance awareness and the conservation of threatened or endangered species within Zambia’s National Parks, Game Management Areas and other wildlife estates.
  10. To generate revenue, on a non-profit basis, for the furtherance of the Mission Statement of GRI.

OUR VALUES

Our values form the foundation of our organisation and are instilled in every member of staff, from the elephant keepers, to office staff, to the rangers on the front line.

They are our past, our present and our future.

WE BELIEVE IN

Empowerment

Accountability

Fairness to All

Transparency

Team Effort

Integrity

Trust

EMPOWERING RANGERS AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO CONSERVE NATURE

GRI OPERATES ACROSS FOUR THEMATIC AREAS:

 

1. Resource Protection: 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. Animal Rescue - Rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing wildlife back into the wild and mitigating the human animal conflict. 

3. Community Outreach and Education - Conducting 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. 

4. Sustainability - GRI ensures that all its operations are sustainable through building and maintaining strong strategic partnerships with key stakeholders such as the Department of National Parks & Wildlife. It also believes in upholding the ethos of good governance through a unified and dedicated workforce that is heavily supported by management and board of trustees. 

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.

 

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GRI REGISTRATION STATUS

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 that 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.