© Jonathan Adams / WWF-US
WWF Zimbabwe
WWF has been working in Zimbabwe since 1985.
Zimbabwe has vast experience in the sustainable use of natural resources and was the first country in Africa to develop an alternative approach to the management of wildlife outside protected areas using community based natural resources management approaches. The goal of the office is to "Contribute to the creation of a Zimbabwe with well managed networks of wild areas that co-exist with a society thriving on a sustainable natural resource based economy”.

WWF Zimbabwe’s work covers the following thematic areas: wildlife and protected areas management; forestry and landscape management; wetlands management; and renewable energy solutions which fall within the wildlife, forests, freshwater, and climate and energy Global Practices of WWF respectively. The themes present opportunities to positively impact on Zimbabwe's rich natural resource assets which are under siege from agricultural expansion; high population growth and urbanization rates; over-reliance on wood energy; illegal wildlife killing and trade; and climate change, among other pressures.
© Martin Harvey / WWF
Zimbabwe is home to around 84 000 elephants, the third largest elephant population in the world.
Priority Landscapes
Zimbabwe lies within the Miombo Eco-region and 65% of the country is covered by the Miombo woodlands. Within this the priority transboundary areas that 80% of our work occurs in are:
  • Kavango-Zambezi (KAZA) Trans-Frontier Conservation Area
  • Mid-Zambezi
  • South East Lowveld and
  • Greater Mapungubwe/Shashe
The reasons for choosing these landscapes are that they collectively hold over 90% of the country’s elephant and rhino populations, embrace the country's four major river systems and are trans-boundary natural resources.

Priority species
Zimbabwe is home to around 84 000 elephants, the third largest elephant population in the world. It also has the third largest total numbers of rhino in southern Africa (Excluding South Africa) and the third largest individual black rhino population in the world. These are under severe pressure from illegal killing and wildlife trade.
© Patrick Bentley / WWF-US

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