Cycle Zambia

Cycle Zambia

 

Cycle-Zambia is an exciting fundraising expedition, led by David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) Educational Advisor, Andrew White, assisted by his cousins Seb and Dom Loram taking place 11th – 16th August 2013.

 

It will see a small team of people undertake the challenge of cycling over 320 miles (500km) from Livingstone to Lusaka, cycling through the beautiful yet unforgiving wilderness of Zambia.  This adventure will begin from the thunder of Victoria Falls, traversing the wilds of Kafue National Park and the bustling capital city of Lusaka, ending in the serenity of the Lower Zambezi National Park.​

50% of Elephants are killed before they reach the age of 15, In 2011 23 tonnes of Ivory was seized which represents at least 2,500 elephants dead, with estimates suggesting over 20,000 are being killed each year because of Ivory or human habitat conflict.

EOP 1Each morning they will set off at first light to take advantage of the cooler air, resting only to replenish fluids and energy stores. This journey will replicate that of which Batoka, one of the orphaned elephants that made their journey to the Elephant Orphanage Project (EOP) in Kafue National Park.

 

Day 1

Supported by our kind Zambian sponsors they plan to set off at sunrise from the border crossing overlooking the mighty Victoria Falls and take the road north on the road towards the bustling town of Kolomo, 130km away.

Day 2

The journey on day 2 will see them leave the tarmac and cover 70km in a North westerly direction taking them to the entrance of Kafue National park and a chance to rest up in the evening sun.

Days 3 & 4

Kafue National Park - Elephants walking at dusk

Kafue National Park – Elephants walking at dusk

As they enter the National Park and persevere through the rough terrain they will cover around 90km to the Camp Phoenix Elephant facility to see how recently rescued elephant Mosi is settling into his new home.  They will be spending the night camping in the bush under the African sky.  This will be the most challenging section of the journey as they have to contend with the African sun, the terrain and the wild animals!

Day 5

Spend the day visiting the elephants and experience some of the amazing work that the team undertake on a daily basis to support the elephants and the local communities.

Day 6 & 7

Bid farewell to Kafue as they cycle 100km towards Lusaka where they will be greeted by our fantastic Zambian supporters and sponsors.  They will visit the Lilayi Elephant facility and see how the keepers look after these very young orphaned elephants.

Day 8

Today they will embark on the “Elephant Epic”, an organised bike race from Lusaka down to the Lower Zambezi National Park.  This competitive component is sure to provide a great deal of motivation to complete their challenge as they will be supported by hundreds of people lining the race route.

EOPThey are hoping to raise £20,000 to support the educational development, rescue work and rehabilitation that the Elephant Orphanage Project (EOP) undertakes as well as raising awareness of the continued human – elephant conflict that is endangering these iconic animals.

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) and Game Rangers International (GRI) have started a new Park Protection Programme which aims to stop poaching and therefore minimize its devastating and costly impact on wildlife populations and local communities and suppress the increasing illegal wildlife trade currently being experienced in Zambia.

 

DSWFDavid Shepherd Wildlife Foundation is an adaptable and flexible, non-bureaucratic organisation responding promptly to conservation threats by supporting trusted, reputable individuals and organisations operating in the field. Lean on administration but generous on funding, David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation supports a range of innovative, vital and far-reaching projects throughout Africa and Asia, achieving real results for wildlife survival by:

  • sending undercover agents into the field to investigate illegal wildlife crime, training and supplying anti-poaching patrols
  • establishing nature reserves and other protected areas
  • working with governments to establish conservation laws and regulations
  • educating wildlife consumers about the plight of the animals they ‘use’
  • teaching young people about endangered wildlife through art and school projects

 

GRIGame Rangers International (GRI) is a non-profit Zambian NGO, established in 2008, with critical and on-going support from the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. GRI works in close co-operation with the Zambian Wildlife Authority and local communities to focus on park protection to save Zambia’s wildlife maintain its ecosystems and benefit the local rural people. Currently our efforts are concentrated in the South of Kafue National Park through four main projects:

Elephant Orphanage Project – To Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release orphaned elephants back into the wild.

Park Protection & Training Programme – Providing Welfare, Training and Operational Support to wildlife personnel on the front line of endangered species protection.

Conservation Awareness Programme – Inspiring greater Environmental Awareness and Understanding through education and wildlife sensitisation at local and regional levels.

Community Outreach Programme – To promote and support the sustainable utilisation of natural resources within communities living contiguous to protected areas

Fast facts about Cycle Zambia:
Dates 11th – 16th August 2013
Led by David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation Educational Advisor, Andrew White
Route Livingstone to Lusaka
Distance Over 500 kilometres
Purpose Raise £20 000 to support the educational development, rescue work and rehabilitation that the Elephant Orphanage Project undertakes as well as raising awareness of the continued human-elephant conflict

 

“When I first visited Zambia in the early 1960s it was home to 250,000 elephants and 3,500 black rhinos. Today fewer than 25,000 elephants survive and all of its rhinos were lost. Sadly poaching continues today with the tragic results of orphans such as Chamilandu and Chodoba. We are totally dedicated to saving these babies but more importantly the wider park protection programme which will ensure wildlife survival and benefits to the wonderful Zambian people.”

David Shepherd CBE

 

Team and challenge enquiries : cyclezambia@yahoo.co.uk

Twitter : @CycleZambia

Facebook : Cycle Zambia

JustGiving page: http://www.justgiving.com/cyclezambia2013

 

By: 5VictoriaFalls24

Date: 18 July 2013