Empowering Rangers and local communities to conserve nature
At Moonholi we support Game Rangers International (GRI) - a Zambian conservation organization working alongside the Department of National Parks and Wildlife and local communities to protect wildlife. GRI was established in 2008 with critical initial funding from the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.
THANKS TO YOU
We're making the world a better place one African elephant at a time
We donate 10% of our online income from each of the Elephants yoga mats sold to support Zambian wildlife and community. The funds go to the Game Rangers International, who embraces a holistic approach to conservation and empowers Rangers across three core thematics:
RESCUE | REHABILITATE | RELEASE
Throughout Zambia, elephant calves are found orphaned or displaced as a result of ivory poaching and human-elephant conflicts. Under the age of two years old these calves are very unlikely to survive without the milk of their mothers. Once an orphan has been identified GRI work to bring it to the safety of the Elephant Nursery in Lusaka.
In Lusaka, an experienced team of Keepers and veterinary specialists provide round the clock care, nursing the traumatised calves back to health. Over time they begin to bond and socialize with the other orphans within the Nursery and gradually begin to form a new family.
Once physically strong enough and old enough to be weaned from milk formula the elephants are moved to the Elephant Release Facility in
Kafue National Park.
In Kafue National Park, they join the older orphaned elephants. Here they learn the importance of herd structure, hierarchy and etiquette, which is a vital element of their development and journey back into the wild.
PROTECT | PRESERVE | PREVENT
GRI aims to protect Zambia’s wildlife by countering illegal wildlife activity. The Resource Protection Department supports government anti-poaching units through enhanced training and equipment, and has empowered an intelligence led Special-Anti Poaching Unit (SAPU) to conduct strikes against illegal trafficking networks in and beyond Kafue National Park. Additionally, GRI mobilizes Kafue National Park's only full time Fire Fighting Unit which creates fire breaks and provides the first responder role to illegal and unplanned fires during the dry season.
EDUCATE | ENGAGE | EMPOWER
Long-term conservation can only be achieved if communities living around Protected Areas are fully educated, fully engaged, and fully able to experience the benefits of healthy and viable ecosystems. GRI’s Community Outreach Programme supports the Department of National Parks and Wildlife to raise conservation awareness and support sustainable livelihoods in communities contiguous to Zambia’s Protected Areas.