Southern Africa is home to some of the world’s most majestic and beautiful animals. Elephants gather around watering holes, cheetahs hunt their prey, and packs of wild dogs roam the savannas.
Five African countries recognized the value in protecting these species—both for the good of wildlife and the communities that rely on tourism as a source of income. In 2011, Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe established the world’s largest transboundary protected region to help conserve wild expanses. The Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area or KAZA encompasses 106 million acres—an area roughly the size of France.
Leaders of the five partner countries have a shared vision for the conservation area: to protect wildlife, promote tourism, and improve the wellbeing of local communities. They recognize that wildlife and conservation can contribute to development and poverty alleviation in rural communities. If KAZA succeeds, the model could inform similar initiatives across Africa.
WWF supported the development of KAZA and today, we are an important conservation partner to KAZA—collaborating to prevent poaching, conducting scientific research on wildlife; promoting habitat protection, and seeking opportunities for communities to manage and benefit from wildlife on their land. Take a look at some common questions and answers about this important area: