Victoria Falls based wildlife conservation organisations have stressed the need to continually educate youths and communities on wildlife conservation as the country seeks to become a regional leader in sustainable utilisation of natural resources.

The conservationists and wildlife conservation organisations that graced the recently held schools wildlife education programme highlighted the importance of community participation in biodiversity conservation.

Lion Encounter General Manager, Bianca Schultz said it is important to appreciate that school going children are future conservationists, hence the need to continuously train them on wildlife conservation.

“The future of conservation depends on our youths. It is important to educate them on the importance of conserving our wildlife. We are looking forward to reach out to many schools in the province at teach them on the subject,” she said.

ZIMPARKS Extension Officer, Mr Mathew Muleya said the authority appreciates the support from the private sector in wildlife conservation efforts, adding that the organisation will continue to implement programmes geared at ensuring that people and wildlife live in harmony.

“Wildlife is the backbone of tourism in Zimbabwe. As a country, we are coordinating and supporting all stakeholders to work hard to promote wildlife-based tourism,” said Mr Muleya.

Despite the challenges being faced, the country has scored notable achievements in wildlife conservation.