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Conservation in fashion

Conservation in fashion

Making jewellery from snare wires
Making jewellery from snare wires
Mulberry Mongoose

Snares are responsible for the death of thousands of animals in the South Luangwa National Park each year. The Mulberry Mongoose Snare Wire Collection uses snare wire recovered from the bush to raise funds for anti-poaching patrols, transforming a weapon set down to catch animals into a fundraising tool that aids their conservation.

The money raised is donated to the South Luangwa Conservation Society and the Zambian Carnivore (SLCS) Programme. SLCS is a non-profit community-based organisation committed to the conservation of the local wildlife and natural resources in South Luangwa, minimising human-wildlife conflict and at the same time encouraging community development.

Since 2005 the Society has coordinated and sponsored training, and provided equipment, for over 120 anti-poaching scouts. Anti-poaching patrols have removed thousands of snares from the bush - in 2012 alone they collected 1,046 snare wires. Working with the Zambian Carnivore Programme, SLCS operates aspecialist wild dog anti-snaring team aimed at reducing the threat to this enigmatic and endangered species, for which South Luangwa is one of the few remaining strongholds.

To further support SLCS and the Zambian Carnivore Programme, Mulberry Mongoose aims to raise over $10,000 through snare wire accessory sales in 2013.

Read more about the work of the South Luangwa Conservation Society from the Zambezi Traveller:
South Luangwa Conservation Society

Read more about the region in our destination guide:
Luangwa

Read more articles from this issue:
Zambezi Traveller (Issue 14, Sept 2013)