Welcome to Chipembele…
Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust is a charitable organisation that focuses on conservation education for local school children in the area of South Luangwa, Zambia. The programme is comprehensive, dynamic, innovative and above all, fun! There is a unique education centre, with a widely acclaimed interpretive room, located on the banks of the Luangwa River opposite South Luangwa National Park – a wonderful, unspoiled setting for local children to learn about the value of their natural environment. The Centre provides an interactive and contemporary learning facility for Zambian children that embraces wildlife, the environment and conservation issues.
Our organisation also encompasses an expansive conservation education outreach programme in 17 local schools. We have offices, a computer resource centre, a meeting room, a botanic garden, a nature conservancy and other facilities from where we run various activities and programmes which is located in Mfuwe on the grounds of the Mfuwe Secondary School.
In addition, general school improvement projects (infrastructure, resources, equipment etc.) are carried out and there is a Pupil Sponsorship Scheme, with Conservation Scholarships for starred pupils.
There is a small animal rehabilitation facility where orphaned and injured animals are reared or nursed back to full health before being returned to the wild.
Chipembele is run under the auspices of a charitable trust registered in Zambia. It was established and is managed by Steve and Anna Tolan, who emigrated from England to Zambia in 1998 to fulfil their dream of running a conservation education programme for Zambian youth. It is supported by Chipembele Trust, a registered UK charity.
Chipembele (pronounced chip-em-beh-leh) is the local or Chinyanja name for rhino. Until the 1970’s the Luangwa Valley held the highest concentration of black rhinos on the African continent. Then poachers began hunting them in huge numbers for their horn, which is in demand in Asia for ‘medicine’ and in the Middle East for traditional knife handles. By the late 1980’s all the rhinos had been completely wiped out. It is an important conservation lesson for everyone to remember… if we do not look after our wildlife, even once abundant species can become locally extinct in a very short period of time.
We are an international award-winning organisation
Joint second place winner in the David Shepherd Foundation ‘Global Canvas’ art and poetry competition 2015
Winner of the European Parliament Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) panel World Prize for Sustainable Energy, 2011
Winner of the Best Entry from Zambia in the Teach a Man to Fish Educating Africa 2009, Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education
Winner of the National Award for Zambia, the International Award in the category of Youth and runner-up in the World Award at the Energy Globe Awards, Austria, 2011