Bushlife Conservancy

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Davis, CA   |  www.bushlife-conservancy.org

Mission

Bushlife Conservancy is dedicated to protecting and preserving African wildlife in its native habitat. The most important work we do is anti-poaching and conservation in Mana Pools National Park, Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, and the Zambezi River Valley of Zimbabwe. We also monitor and track iconic bull elephants, develop infrastructure to establish ongoing ranger presence in vulnerable areas, aid research on native carnivores, and provide funding to support local community health and welfare needs.

Ruling year info

2017

President

Mr Nick Murray

Main address

216 F Street #112

Davis, CA 95616 USA

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EIN

81-4694167

NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Wildlife is being decimated at alarming rates around the globe. We work to save native species in Africa, such as elephants, painted wolves (also known as wild dogs), and pangolins. We focus primarily on the Zambezi Valley in and around Mana Pools, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Zimbabwe.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Anti-poaching

We conduct anti-poaching work in Mana Pools National Park and the Zambezi River Valley of Zimbabwe and Zambia. We establish remote tented base camps and provide vehicle fuel, maintenance and a driver at each site. We also provide food and water rations for wildlife rangers. We provide boat fuel and maintenance along with a driver on the Zambezi River to deploy rangers reacting to any shots fired and for routine patrols.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of IUCN Red List species with habitats in areas affected by operations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Anti-poaching

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We protect painted wolves (wild dogs), elephants, Cape pangolins, leopards, and lions in their native habitat. ZERO elephants have been poached in Mana Pools since 2019 ( when 3 elephants poached.)

Number of acres of land protected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Anti-poaching

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have expanded our coverage from Mana Pools to encompass the entire UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, which includes Mana Pools National Park, Sapi & Chewore. Also Rifa Conservation Area.

Number of program sites

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Anti-poaching

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 Results: Seven remote bases in operation - Vundu, Nyamepi, Kanga, Zavaru, Mazunga, Chitangazuwa, and Marongora,

Number of new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Anti-poaching

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Tusker Ranger Fund provides resources for our anti-poaching work. Tusker is one of the iconic bulls of Mana Pools representing the magic of the area, as well as anti-poaching & conservation needs.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals are to protect and preserve wildlife in its native environment, specifically in the Zambezi River flood plain and adjacent areas of Zimbabwe and Zambia.

We work collaboratively with other nonprofit organizations and NGO's on the ground, such as the Zambezi Society, African Wildlife Foundation, Flying for Wildlife, Zimbabwe Elephant Fund, and the Zambezi Valley Conservation Network. Our funds are used to support and train rangers and trackers who search for wildlife poachers and assist Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife personnel in locating and detaining poachers, so that arrest can be made, and to hire and supervise laborers who build and maintain infrastructure such as ranger stations and roads into remote areas. We provide funds for the purchase of vehicles, boats, fuel and other equipment that is used in anti-poaching and conservation activities, and for vehicle repair and maintenance. We provide funds for an informer rewards program and hotline. We fund activities that assist with community health, education and welfare, in order to foster goodwill towards the local wildlife and habitat conservation.

The president of our organization is on the ground in Zimbabwe, working closely with Zimbabwe National Parks & Wildlife Authority to conduct anti-poaching and wildlife preservation work. Since 2016 we have been working with Bushlife Support Unit Trust, a Zimbabwean nonprofit organization. We fund maintenance and operation of 7 vehicles and 3 boats used for anti-poaching patrols and investigations. We also provide funds for vehicle drivers, mechanics, road works, rations and other supplies and equipment used directly to support the conservation of the wildlife and habitat in Mana Pools and the surrounding Zambezi Valley.

Since starting our work in 2015, elephant poaching has declined significantly. Elephants had been poached at the rate of one per day in Mana Pools and the surrounding Zambezi Valley.
Results in 2020:
1. Anti-poaching work:
• No elephant poached in Mana Pools National Park 2020.
• One elephant was poached in the Nyakasanga area in 2020. Unfortunately, the poachers made it back to Zambia – but we recovered the tusks.
• We have hired four scouts to supplement the park ranger presence.
• The southern boundary had lots of illegal activity going on, including woodcutting, snaring, and buffalo hunting. This already has stopped with our presence on the boundary.
• 73705 km were covered by Bushlife vehicles on ranger deployment: As we cover a wider area in the valley and have more remote bases with vehicles strategically deployed, we have reduced mileage leading to less wear and tear on vehicles, and less maintenance.
• River Patrols - we carried out 37 days of river patrols, with six canoes confiscated and destroyed, and many kilometers of nets destroyed. We have hired a full-time boat driver and will recommence boat patrols. The rainy season is the main time we get incursions from Zambia as the road that runs adjacent to the river is largely inaccessible by vehicle.
2. Kariba & Chinoyi Investigation Offices: we pay informers for information, and provide fuel and maintenance for two vehicles deployed on investigative work.
• Three arrests - one pangolin recovered.
• One arrest – one pangolin skin recovered.
• Three arrests – python recovered.
3. Gold Panning Mitigation:
We are working at the Angwa River and Secret Valley areas of Chewore and Doma safari areas. A total of 130 arrests have been made on six raids, with equipment confiscated including hundreds of metal detectors, pans, and shovels.
4. Remote bases in Operation:
• Vundu • Nyamepi • Kanga • Zavaru • Mazunga • Chitangazuwa • Marongora
5. Research:
• We have continued our elephant collaring program, now in its fourth year - a total of eleven iconic bulls have been collared for their protection, and three cows are monitored for their movement throughout the valley. (In 2021, we are looking at collaring 5 elephants in Chewore Safari Area. This will require us to use a helicopter, and will be a three-to-four-day exercise.)
• 2020 saw the launch of the Zambezi Valley Carnivore Project, looking at lions, hyenas, leopards, wild dogs, and cheetah. We have collared six lions, six hyenas, and two leopards for this project. (In partnership with ZIMPARKS, we hope to expand on this in 2021.)
6. Support:
In 2020 we paid a monthly stipend of $200usd per wife for the two rangers killed by poachers.

Financials

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Bushlife Conservancy

Board of directors
as of 03/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Nick Murray

Nick Murray

Elizabeth Brock

Alison Nolting

Mara Perkins

Ed Callen

Charles Hanemann

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or Straight
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