Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance and promote environmental conservation in Southern Africa through hands-on wildlife research; management of a wildlife medical care facility and orphanage; the education and empowerment of indigenous resources through active involvement in conservation training and community outreach programs.
Based at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the Trust is dedicated to protecting the area’s unique indigenous fauna and flora, in collaboration with appropriate Authorities, local communities and other stakeholders. Projects include but are not limited to, rehabilitation of injured or orphaned wildlife, anti poaching and wildlife veterinary assistance where required, assisting with community based projects, and a children's conservation education program.
"The objectives of the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust are first and foremost the care and rehabilitation of wildlife, and to impart knowledge and skills of conservation of natural resources to communities"
There are four areas in which our projects focus: Communities Outreach, Wildlife Research, Wildlife Orphanage, and Conservation Training.
The projects that fall within the Communities Outreach program are conservation orientated projects such as our education conservation program for school kids. These projects are designed to bring community awareness to the need for, and importance of conservation. Projects such as these are aimed at reducing poaching and showing alternative sustainable uses for natural resources in the Victoria Falls area.
Wildlife Research projects are designed for the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust to find sustainable ways to protect wildlife such as the elephant. These projects incorporate ways of releasing animals and finding solutions to the human wildlife conflicts that develop in the community.
The Wildlife Orphanage programs are set up to protect, rescue and rehabilitate animals that are either endangered or have been injured, abandoned or orphaned through human interference. Release of these animals is also an issue addressed and will bring additional projects to Wildlife Research over time.
Conservation training includes a variety of courses that the Vic Falls Wildlife Trust uses to teach groups or individuals topics varying from guiding to anti-poaching. These courses are provided to either individuals, internal employees or the private sector. The overall aim of all the projects is to promote conservation through community awareness as well as starting at a very basic level of rescue and rehabilitation.
The Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust aims to make a difference. Every day.