59 Wildlife Security personnel have graduated from the Chunga Wildlife Training institute. The officers underwent rigorous training to protect the Country’s Wildlife resources and enforce the law.
World Wild Fund Zambia supported 30 of the security personnel who graduated as Community Officers and Wildlife Police Officers.
The pass-out ceremony was held for those who underwent paramilitary recruitment training at the Chunga Training institute in the Kafue National Park.
The training and deployment of the Wildlife Officers has come at the right time especially in ensuring that poaching threats and illegal wildlife trade is contained Zambia where approximately 15 elephants are poached every year.
Meanwhile, the training of the Wildlife Police Officers is one among many critical steps being made in stepping up park security and the recruitment of additional staff will accelerate the achievement of the primary objective of reducing elephant poaching to less than 5 annually in South-Western Zambia.
The statement was issued by Eneya Phiri, the WWF Zambia Communications and Marketing Manager.