The preservation of Zambia’s unique wildlife and eco-systems has always been something we as a company have been passionate about, and from the commencement of development of our first project, we have always strived to put the needs of nature first, minimizing impact and allowing our operations to serve as the catalyst for the establishment of viable, ecologically important conservation areas.
Our first wildlife reserve was established in late 2015 on our Kalumbila Farm, firstly with the vision of protecting and regenerating the magnificent flora of the area and secondly, the reintroduction and establishment of viable wildlife populations which had been exterminated from the area historically and face continued threat to their long-term survival in other areas of the country
Initially the Kalumbila Farm reserve started as a small-scale conservation project undertaken in line with Mutanda Farms’ vision to make a meaningful contribution to conservation of both flora and fauna in Zambia. However, in the years following its establishment, we have continued to expand and the Mutanda Farms conservation footprint now spans over 8000 hectares, across three different properties, protecting a wide array of species and thousands of hectares of magnificent and diverse Miombo woodlands, floodplains, scattered open woodland, swamps, streams and riverine thickets. We have invested heavily in the reintroduction of a wide variety of wildlife species to our properties, and have introduced wildlife from far and wide, including as far afield as South Africa and Namibia, where we felt it necessary to integrate new genetics, for the sake of genetic diversity and improvement.
Buffalo are a species that we have placed specific emphasis on, and boosting the numbers and genetic diversity of the Buffalo on our properties has led to significant investment in our Buffalo herds. To ensure we maximize the genetic spread and potential of the Buffalo we produce, we have sourced a wide range of animals from a number of areas, including from wild populations in the Kafue National Park and from some of the foremost breeders in South Africa. We remain committed to ensuring we conserve and breed with the best possible genetics, thus benefiting not only ourselves but other wildlife conservation areas around Zambia, by making available limited amounts of genetics bred on Mutanda Farms.
Intensive, selective breeding with Sable Antelope and Buffalo also forms part of our conservation strategy, and we strive to consistently improve the quality of the animals we produce, from both a genetic and phenotypic standpoint. By blending a diverse range of genetics, we are ensuring we produce animals of phenomenal quality out of both of these breeding programmes. These animals are available to the market in limited quantity and we are confident of the positive impact Mutanda Farms bred animals will have on any herd.
We are proud members of the Wildlife Producers Association of Zambia and are constantly evolving and looking to improve on our conservation efforts, as we look forward to further securing the future of Zambia’s magnificent flora and fauna!