Lion Conservation in Zambia

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Your Hosts

Director of Panthera’s KAZA and Cheetah programmes – Dr Kim Young-Overton

Kim has enjoyed a long career in threatened species and ecosystem management. Her work has focused on understanding the requirements for the conservation of large mammals at vast spatial scales across southern Africa, with a focus on how
humans disturb their movement patterns and demography. Kim has previously led several international, national, regional and local-scale conservation projects, and now leads a large-carnivore coalition of partners across
the vast Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA), the world’s biggest transfrontier park and Africa’s prime conservation landscape. She is particularly invested in the conservation of wildlife at large spatial scales,
and is committed to working at the interface between science and conservation management to ensure that managers are afforded the best available scientific information to make the greatest impact. Kim is the Director of Panthera’s KAZA and Cheetah programmes, and her work is based in the enormous Greater Kafue Ecosystem in Zambia, with Kafue National
Park lying at its core.

Wilderness Safaris Group Impact Manager – Dr Neil Midlane

In his role as Group Impact Manager, Neil’s main focus is to drive the company’s mission of using its conservation tourism business to conserve and restore Africa’s wilderness and wildlife, contribute to community development, and to inspire
people to advocate for positive change. Neil works with all other elements of the business to ensure a cohesive approach to utilising conservation tourism as a force for lasting positive impact. Neil is a member of the African Lion Working Group, which is affiliated with the Cat Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Species
Survival Commission, as well as a member of the Mozambique Carnivore Working Group, the KAZA Elephant Working Group, the KAZA Carnivore Working Group and the Transfrontier Specialist Group. As a passionate conservationist and advocate of the valuable role that conservation tourism plays in protecting Africa’s wildlife and pristine areas, Neil is
excited to be a part of the Wilderness journey, and for the opportunity to make a significant, positive contribution to the development of sustainable wildlife-based economies across the continent


Explore Zambia’s untamed wilderness and participate in the Kafue’s lion conservation initiatives during this 7-day safari. Crafted to offer guests exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to the conservation and community projects we support, this journey will provide a truly unique experience for conservation-minded travellers.

Best time to visit
Dry (Peak) Season: Jul – Oct. 25°C (77°F) to 35°C (95°F)
· Drying water sources. High game concentrations and large herds settle around the diminishing water on the
Busanga Plains. Abundant predators. Highlight: witness the area’s famous “flying lions” leaping across the channels.
The Busanga Plains are submerged and inaccessible during the wet season, from November until June

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