The Zambezi Society produces and disseminates useful information relevant to the wildlife and wilderness resources of the Zambezi River and aimed at difference audiences. We produce:

  • Bulletins (newsletters)
  • Park Information Leaflets
  • Educational material (posters etc)
  • Project Reports
  • Papers

Regular Bulletins to inform our supporting public

We produce regular news bulletins to help inform our supporting public on various issues relating to the Zambezi Basin and the Society’s work within the basin.
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Park Information – Zambezi Area 

The following publications of relevance to the National Parks of the Zambezi region are available for download below:-

MANA POOLS – Management Plan – Graphic. Download here (340kB)

MANA POOLS – Code of Conduct for Visitor Behaviour – Download here

CHITAKE SPRING – Code of Conduct for Visitor Behaviour – Download here

MANA POOLS - park history, geology, fauna, flora and other useful information for visiting Mana Pools. Download pdf here (1.85 MB)

MANA POOLS - RAMSAR Factsheet  Download pdf here (558 kB)

MANA POOLS - checklist of birds  NEW UPDATED EDITION! Download pdf here (120 kB)


Educational Material

RESPECT THE WILD – A Code of Conduct for visitors in wild areas.

This code seeks to influence the behavior of visitors in wild areas. It was produced by the Zambezi Society in consultation with its supporters. The Society encourages free availability and wide distribution of this Code.

It is available in three full colour versions (for images of these see our WILDERNESS page):

1) an attractive full-colour wall poster (A0 size – 835mm x 590mm) available from our offices in Harare (this can be posted at a small charge to cover postage and packaging ) CONTACT US

2) a condensed, printable version of the poster (100mm x 210mm) Download pdf here (1.44 MB).

3) a small, printable, leaflet (100mm x 210mm folding out to A4). Download pdf here (4.63 MB).


Project Reports

In most cases it is a requirement that the results of a project are compiled into a detailed and comprehensive Report Document once the project has been completed. Some of these are available for download online. Others may be ordered in hardcopy or as a CD from the Zambezi Society, subject to a charge to cover the reproduction, packaging and postage costs associated with these large documents.


The following project reports are available from the Zambezi Society:

  • Preliminary workshop report for leopards in Zimbabwe (ZPWMA – David J Newton, P.A. Lindsey and R. Chikerema-Mandisodza December 2012) 1 MB
    This report details the proceedings of a workshop held in Harare on 4th/5th December 2012, to discuss the Preliminary “non-detriment finding (NDF) assessment” for leopards in Zimbabwe.  This process is typically used to determine whether CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) quotas of species affected by trade are justified.  In this case the suitability of the leopard trophy export quota allocated to Zimbabwe was assessed.   The workshop was attended by Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZPWMA) officials, researchers, representatives from NGOs, the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association and the Safaris Operators Association of Zimbabwe.
  • Zambezi Valley Wilderness Concepts & Practice Courses Report (Zambezi Society/Wilderness Action Group/CEAD – September 2006. Proceedings of a 10-day seminar for National Parks managers from Zimbabwe and Zambia, held at RIFA camp, on the Zambezi River.
  • Four Corners Biodiversity Information Packs (Zambezi Society/Biodiversity Foundation for Africa (BFA) – June & August 2004. These three Biodiversity Information Packs are produced by The Zambezi Society for the African Wildlife Foundation’s Four Corners Transboundary Natural Resource Management Initiative. They provide “interpeted” biodiversity information designed in a user-friendly, colour illustrated format for key development planning, educational, land management and other stakeholders in the Four Corners area who do not necessarily wish to have detailed technical or academic information. They are aimed at creating awareness about the importance of biodiversity issues, encouraging stakeholders to use scientifically-sound biodiversity information in their work, and providing a framework within which conservation actions can better be targeted for maximum effectiveness on the ground.

These packs are available online as PDF downloads:

No 1: Introductory Biodiversity Information (2.02 MB)

No 2: Summary of Technical Reviews (4.52 MB)

No 3: Biodiversity Planning Manual (3.01 MB)

  • Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area (Zambezi Society/BFA – June 2004

This large document is produced by The Zambezi Society/Biodiversity Foundation for Africa partnership for the African Wildlife Foundation‘s Four Corners Transboundary Natural Resource Management Initiative. It provides an Overview of the Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area, 14 technical reviews, a searchable Bibliography and a description of the establishment of a Biodiversity Monitoring Plot in the area. These are all available online as PDF downloads:-

1. Introduction and Overview (1.59 MB)

2. Geomorphology:

Geomorphology Part 1 (4.28 MB)

Geomorphology Part 2 (2.01 MB)

3. Ecological Processes (1.04 MB)

4. Vegetation (765 KB)

5. Plants (1.23 MB)

6. Mammals (1.19 MB)

7. Birds(883 KB)

8. Reptiles & Amphibians (1 MB)

9. Fish (819 KB)

10. Butterflies (585 KB)

11. Soil Fauna (536 KB)

12. Aquatic Invertebrates (528 KB)

13. Mammal Movements & Migrations (909 KB)

14. Elephant Movements (667)

15. Elephant Impacts (718 KB)

Monitoring Plot

Monitoring Biodiversity (939 KB)

Addendum (385 KB)

Bibliography(490 KB)

  • Biodiversity and Wilderness around Lake Cabora Bassa, Mozambique (Zambezi Society/BFA – April 2002 Available online as PDF downloads:-

Volume 1 (Synthesis Report with Maps) (52pp) – 673 KB

Volume II (Technical Reports) (272pp) – 2.32 MB

This report, produced by the Zambezi Society/Biodiversity Foundation for Africa partnership at the request of the Mozambican authorities, examines the area around Lake Cahora Bassa in terms of biodiversity and wilderness value and will allow planning decisions abut land use to be made taking these factors into consideration.

This document presents the results of a study carried out by The Zambezi Society to examine the biodiversity, structure and condition of dry deciduous forest and thicket in the mid-Zambezi Valley in Northern Zimbabwe and Tete Province, Mozambique. Often used as refuges by elephants, these habitat patches have particular conservation significance in southern Africa because they are examples of a vegetation type which is rare and threatened wherever it still occurs.

  • Elephants, Land and People in Magoe, Guruve and Muzarabani Districts: (Zambezi Society – December 2001)

Proceedings of a transboundary workshop held by The Zambezi Society in July 2001 to plan a collaborative elephant management framework and strategy for three key Zambezi valley districts on the Zimbabwe/Mozambique border.

Published by the Zambezi Society in partnership with the Biodiversity Foundation for Africa. Review and preliminary assessment of available information undertaken as part of a study for The World Conservation Union. An outline of the evolution of the Zambezi system and its influence on ecosystems and species; details of existing knowledge of the biodiversity of the Barotseland, Chobe, Lower Shire and Zambezi Delta wetlands; preliminary assessments of sites and species that may need conservation actions; and likely future Zambezi wetlands conservation needs.

  • Biodiversity of the Zambezi Basin Wetlands: Phase II

(Zambezi Society/BFA – July 2000 + CD-ROM)

Published by the Zambezi Society in partnership with the Biodiversity Foundation for Africa. This provides a detailed evaluation of the biodiversity of the Zambezi wetland areas. The full document is published in two parts, containing four volumes. These are all available online as PDF downloads:-

VOLUME I: Main report – (64pp) – 458 KB

Background information, an Executive Summary, and an initial synthesis of wetland biological information;

VOLUME II a, b & c: A series of technical reviews covering eleven wetland groups – vegetation, plants, reduncine antelope, small mammals, birds, herpetofauna, fish, molluscs, odonata, lepidoptera and aquatic invertebrates.

VOLUME IIa Vegetation & plants (1.04 MB)

VOLUME IIb Mammals, Birds Chapters 3-5 (2.02 MB)

IIb Herpetofauna Chapter 6a (3.10 MB)

IIb Herpetofauna Chapter 6b (2.29 MB)

VOLUME IIc Fish Chapter 7a

IIc Fish Chapter 7b

IIc Various Invertebrates Chapters 8-11 (1.08 MB)

VOLUME III: Land use change and human impacts (2.69 MB)

An account of land use and land use changes in the Barotse floodplains and the Zambezi Delta, and an assessment of human impacts on wetland biodiversity across the Zambezi Basin;

VOLUME IV: Bibliography (689 KB)

Comprehensive annotated bibliography on wetland biodiversity from the area;

  • The Zambezi River: Wilderness and Tourism (Research report, S Wynn, Zambezi Society – October 2000)

This report summarises the results of two surveys undertaken by the Zambezi Society during 98/99 to gather information about people’s perceptions of wilderness, its main values, its importance to Zambezi River visitors and users and the specific factors which enhance or detract from it. The findings are intended for Zambezi River visitors and users, tourism and environmental policy-makers and planners, tourism investors, developers and consultants undertaking Environmental Impact Assessments on their behalf, custodians of wild areas and tourism operators.

This colour illustrated report outlines the work carried out by The Zambezi Society on elephant movement in the north of Zimbabwe. It contains the results of more than two years’ tracking of elephant movement in the area and includes recommendations for future management of this valuable resource.

  • Sites of interest for botanical conservation in the communal lands of the Zambezi Valley in Zimbabwe and identification of appropriate conservation measures (Zambezi Society/BFA)

Published by The Zambezi Society and the Biodiversity Foundation for Africa. A detailed description of 80 sites of high botanical interest in six Zimbabwean districts, and work being done to conserve some of them. Phases I and II available online as PDF downloads:-

Phase I: Identification & Prioritisation May 1996 (1.46 MB)

Phase II: Consultations October 1996 (324 KB)

Phase III: Community consultations May 1999

  • DDT in the Tropics: A Review (by C Magadza, Zambezi Society – 1996)



  • The Zambezi River: an arhicve of tectonic events linked to Gondwana amalgamation and disruption, and subsequent evolution of the African Plate (R.M. Key, F.P.D. Cotterill & A.E.Moore in South African Journal of Geology 2015  Volume 118.4  Page 425-438)
  • Using Spoor to Determine the Age and Weight of Subadult Black Rhinoceroses (D. Purchase, South African Journal of Wildlife Research 37(1): April 2007)
  • Zambezi Wilderness: Meeting the challenges (S Wynn, Zambezi Society, in International Journal of Wilderness Vol 13 No 1- April 2007)
  • A wild-to-wild translocation of cheetahs from private farmland to a protected area in Zimbabwe (1994-2005) (G. Purchase, G. Vhurumuku, D. Purchase, CAT NEWS 44: 4-7 2006)
  • The “Tchuma Tchato” Community: Adopting a biosphere approach to Africa wilderness conservation in Mozambique (Zambezi Society paper presented to the Native Lands Council at the 8th World Wilderness Congress – November 2005)
  • Zambezi Society 20th Anniversary Feature: (Financial Gazette 13-19 November 2003)
  • Possible Interventions in the Zambezi Basin: A needs analysis for the conservation and management of the Zambezi Basin and its Associated Wetlands (D Pitman, Zambezi Society, for WWF SARPO – July 2003)
  • The Meaning and Values of Wilderness in the Zambezi Valley (F Mugadza, Zambezi Society 2003)
  • The Zambezi River: Wilderness and Tourism (S Wynn, Zambezi Society, in International Journal of Wilderness Vol 8 No 1 – April 2002)
  • Linking the Conservation of Culture and Nature: A case study of sacred forests in Zimbabwe (by B Byers & Rob Cunliffe, Zambezi Society, in Human Ecology Vol 29, No 2 2001)
  • Research into Visitor Perceptions about Zambezi Wilderness and its Value (S Wynn, Zambezi Society, in Science & Stewardship to Protect and Sustain Wilderness Values, Symposium of the 7th World Wilderness Congress – November 2001)
  • Zambezi Basin Initiative for Biodiversity and Conservation: Outline Pilot Phase (Zambezi Society/BFA/Fauna & Flora International – June 2000)
  • An Assessment of the success of a cheetah reintroduction project in Matusadona National Park (Gianetta Purchase, MSc Thesis – October 1998)
  • The suitability of Matusadona National Park as a site for Wild Dog introduction (Harriet Davies, MSc Thesis – October 1998)
  • Biodiversity and wilderness conservation: Proceedings of the Fifth Seminar of the Zambezi Society (Zambezi Society – August 1998)
  • Zambezi Society feature: (The Herald – 26 November 1997)
  • Sustainable development in the Zambezi basin: Proceedings of the Fourth Seminar of the Zambezi Society (Zambezi Society – August 1996)
  • Population viability analysis for cheetah in Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe (Colleen M Zank, MSc Thesis – October 1995)
  • Zambezi Society feature: (Zimbabwe Science News – Journal of the Zimbabwe Scientific Association Vol 22. Nos 1&2 Jan/Feb 1988)

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