Dual Tragedy in Pondo Camp, Musalangu GMA, Zambia
July 2014, Volume 12-4

Robert Muir of Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) reported that on 24 May a female resident in Fulaza village in Musalangu GMA was killed in her field by an elephant. Lusaka Times also reported the incident with photos. Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) officers were called to assist at the scene and they helped with the repatriation of the body to Fulaza. There the villagers blamed the ZAWA officers for the women’s death. Eventually a riot broke out at the Pondo ZAWA camp. The rioters torched the radio shack and then razed 6 village game scout houses to the ground.  ZAWA equipment and personal belongings were looted.  ZAWA staff from Mano Sector and Mpika and Chama Police subsequently arrested 11 rioters. ZAWA Pondo Camp is located in Fulaza village, a sub sector of Chikwa hunting block. It accounts for 2,000 km2 that form part of the Musalangu GMA covering a total of 17,000 km2 which border North Luangwa NP. It is one of 27 ZAWA base camps and supported by FZS as part of the regional resource protection strategy. Musalangu GMA acts as an important buffer zone for the National Park which harbors Zambia’s only black rhino population.

Emergency funds of US$15,000 are immediately required to replace equipment loss and rebuild temporary infrastructure at the scout camp. Permanent infrastructure could be built for an additional $12,600.  The International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation CIC has already confirmed emergency assistance of US$ 2,000 which is being matched dollar for dollar by an American hunter. This hunter further confirmed that he will similarly match all other donations. For information on how to best donate please contact P J Fouche p.j.fouchesafaris@prodigy.net