Species Program

Diversity in Action

BirdWatch Zambia has sustained species research and population monitoring in different Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) in the country. Particular focus has been drawn on the globally threatened and endemic species including the Zambian Barbet and vultures in South-Central Zambia. BWZ has partnered with different individuals, farm owners and organisations, in ensuring that species and habitats are conserved by Influencing land use and management practices.


Our conservation efforts

The Vulture Safe Zones Initiative

With the rising number of vulture deaths due to various threats - primary reason being poisoning, both intentional and unintentional poisoning, the concept of Vulture Safe Zones (VSZs) plays a vital role in the long-term survival of vultures.

Vulture Tagging and monitoring

Tagging and tracking of vultures is a vital way of obtaining information on movements, habitat range and distance travelled by vultures. It also helps in understanding the routes these birds take, and other factors.

The Zambian Barbet Survey

Bird species go extinct due to a broad range of reasons, including: Habitat loss , starvation as a result of food shortages, hunting and poaching, nest raiding and poisoning. Some species are very sensitive to habitat change.


This project endeavours to conserve biodiversity by combating poisoning through; Building multi-sectoral capacity to tackle illegal wildlife poisoning, poaching and conflict in the world’s largest transfrontier conservation area, the Kavango-Zambezi TFCA (KAZA).
  • Wildlife Poisoning Response Training
  • Establishment of the Vulture Support Group (VSG)

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