Issue 5 (May 2009) Alison Cockerell, manager with Shenton Safaris (www.shentonsafaris.com), has come up with a bright idea to raise funds for conservation.
The South Luangwa Conservation Society (SLCS) conducts regular patrols
to remove wire snares set by poachers around the park. These snares
were once simply kept under lock and key. Alison, however, is now
working with villagers from Mfuwe to design animal sculptures from the
recovered wire. The sculptures are attached to handmade elephant-dung
cards, which other villagers make using a combination of elephant dung
and shredded recycled paper donated by the local safari lodges. The
cards are sold in Mfuwe, Lusaka and Livingstone, with all profits going
directly to SLCS.