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Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA)

Lusaka, Zambia

Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) manages and conserves the wildlife estates that covers 31 percent of the country's land mass, comprising of 20 national parks, 36 game management areas and a bird sanctuary. The authority, mandated under the Zambia Wildlife Act No. 12 of 1998, is committed to promoting integrated and hands-on approaches to wildlife resource management, especially in game management, reducing human and wildlife conflict.

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Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) has a vital role to play in the economic development of Zambia. It contributes significantly to the economy and to the gross domestic product (GDP). ZAWA improves the quality of life among communities in wildlife estates and maintains sustainable biodiversity in national parks.

Tourism is making a substantial contribution to Zambia's economy. In 2005 alone, nature tourism contributed nearly 16 percent of the country's exports, 6.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), 7 percent of government revenues, 10 percent of formal sector employment and nearly 6 percent of wages.

Zambia Wildlife Authority focuses on reserving the decline of wildlife and to improve resource management to a level that secures sustainable flow of benefits from the resources. ZAWA also ensures that it improves the wildlife resource base investment in co-operation with the private sector and local communities.

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Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) currently administers 20 national parks, after taking over from the former National Parks and Wildlife Service. Some of the parks have never had management or facilities and have few numbers of wildlife, while others have high concentrations of animals and are very popular.

Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) protects, conserves and manages Zambia's wildlife estates. The authority administers the following national parks in Zambia:

Blue Lagoon National Park — This is a small park located on the north of the Kafue Flats west of Lusaka. The park is known predominantly for bird life.

Isangano National Park — Located east of the Bangweulu Swamps, this park currently has no facilities. There is very little wildlife.

Kafue National Park — This is a world-famous park with a lot of wildlife. The park is one of the largest in the world and has several lodges in it.

Kasanka National Park — Privately run, this national park is located in the Serenje District of Zambia's Central Province, south of the Bangweulu Swamps.

Lavushi Manda National Park — South-east of the Bangweulu Swamps, this park currently has no facilities and has very little wildlife.

Liuwa Plain National Park — Set in the remote far west, this park has no facilities but some large herds of animals

Lochinvar National Park — Small and located in the south of the Kafue Flats. This park is best known for bird viewing. The park also has large herds of lechwe.

Lower Zambezi National Park — In the eastern part of Lusaka, this park offers amazing wildlife viewing opportunities. The park is along the Zambezi River.

Luambe National Park — This is a small park, located in close proximity to the South Luangwa National Park.

Lukusuzi National Park — This park is in the eastern part of Luambe and is undeveloped but with potential.

Lusaka National Park — Opened in 2015, this park is small and is located on the south-east side of the capital city, Lusaka.

Lusenga Plain National Park — Located east of Lake Mweru with little wildlife.

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Victoria Falls National Park) — The small park for Victoria Falls on the edge of Livingstone.

Mweru Wantipa National Park — Named after Lake Mweru Wantipa, this park is in the Northern Province of Zambia. The park's wildlife population has been reduced in recent years.

North Luangwa National Park — This is a reserve and has no facilities. The park is closed except to specially-licensed tours.

Nsumbu National Park (also known as Sumbu) — Once categorised with the Kafue and Luangwa National Park. This park currently needs redevelopment but has good wildlife potential and offers lakeside game viewing.

Nyika National Park — This park lies in the north-east of Zambia, on the western edge of the Nyika Plateau. It is on the highest parts of the country, most of which lies in neighbouring Malawi.

Sioma Ngwezi National Park — Located in the remote far south-west of the country. The park has no facilities but some large herds of animals.

South Luangwa National Park — Located in the eastern part of Zambia, this is the southernmost of three national parks in the valley of the Luangwa River. This park is a world-renowned wildlife haven and supports large populations of wildlife that includes the Thornicroft’s giraffe, elephant and buffalo. The Luangwa River supports abundant crocodiles and hippopotamuses. This park is one of the best-known national parks in Africa for walking safaris.

West Lunga National Park — This is a remote wildlife sanctuary in dense forest located in North-Western Province of Zambia. The park lies between the West Lunga River and Kabompo River about 10 km north of the gravel road from Solwezi to Kabompo, and covers about 1700 km².

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