Plans for Lusinga – Upemba National Park
Alan Deverell and his team in Lubumbashi are getting ready to tackle an ambitious new assignment: the rehabilitation of the Upemba National Park. They plan to start with the park’s station, Lusinga. The reconstruction of the station will start this month and it should end by December. Once this is completed, the focus will shift on creating an effective ranger force for the northern sector of the park that is properly trained, equipped and paid. Community outreach will follow with conservation education and community development being conducted in the villages that surround the park. Lastly, The Forgotten Parks plans to reintroduce animals into Upemba in a year’s time, around the park’s 73rd anniversary in May 2012. This last initiative is totally dependent on the success of the other three initiatives, as a secure environment and proper park infrastructure need to be in place before the animals can be reintroduced.