When It Comes To Saving African Wildlife, All Conservation Is Local

“At night, we are prisoners in our huts,” said an elderly Zambian woman who served as chief of a village of some 100 souls. “We cannot go outside…the lions are waiting for us.”

I was there five years ago to film a series that highlighted the ongoing struggle between people and wildlife, a story most in the West have ignored as they pontificate over the best way to save Africa’s cast of charismatic megafauna, with little to no regard to the fate of the continent’s people. What is becoming increasingly clear, however, is there is no path to a sustainable future for the continent’s wildlife unless Africans

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