Anna & Steve Tolan

Chipembele Trust Founders and Directors

Steve and Anna Tolan were married in 1983 and lived in Oxford, England until they emigrated in 1998. Before moving to Zambia they were both Police Officers with the Thames Valley Police but in their private lives Africa was their passion. They went on African safaris, bought old African tribal artifacts, read African wildlife and travel books and watched and recorded every African wildlife video that appeared on the television. Steve retired from the Police in 1998 after 27 years service and Anna resigned at the same time after 17 years service. They then moved to Zambia to set up their lifetime dream of establishing a conservation education programme for local children in a wildlife-community conflict area.

Anna has a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from the 1970s and is pleased to be at long last able to put her life long interest to good use. She has developed her interest in and love of animals by rearing orphaned wild animals that are brought to her from all over the area. She runs a Pupil Sponsorship Scheme for orphaned and otherwise vulnerable children who are unable to find the fees and uniform necessary to attend school or pursue tertiary education. She has also managed a large number of school improvement projects using donated funds. She is the founder and co-ordinator of the Luangwa Schools Project Forum.

Steve is is the Senior Honorary Wildlife Police Officer for the Mfuwe area. He is actively involved in anti-poaching and forest protection operations, working with both the Department of National Parks and Wildlife and Conservation South Luangwa (CSL). Steve’s particular interest is researching fossils, old pottery, stone tools etc. in the area. He has made a number of important discoveries and has inspired and facilitated a number of international paleontological expeditions which the Zambia Heritage Department has participated in. They are Consular Wardens for the British High Commission.

The Luangwa Valley is their permanent home and all the projects they now run have become an integral part of their lives.