Read this wonderful letter from David & Victoria Wallace, a couple of San Diegans who are on a mission to preserve wild life in Zambia as well as provide employment for the people over there. If you are moved to help as I am, please email the Zikomo Safari Park at SALES1@zikomosafari.com.
"I just heard this morning about a couple of listeners who rescued those dogs from the pound. As my wife and I are huge animal lovers, that story was so wonderful. My wife and I live in East county (Dulzura) and we have 3 horses, 3 dogs, 3 cats, and 5 birds. I, like you, am a huge Led Zeppelin fan. I listen to your show every morning on the way to work.
Anyway, the reason I'm writing you is that my wife and I have a photographic safari camp in Zambia. We got the idea after going on a couple of safaris.
We thought we would open one to help preserve the wildlife and give people over there employment. After we obtained the land from the local chief, we started building. What we didn't know was there was a hunting camp down the river from us. The owner was a very powerful man in Zambia who didn't want us there because he used to kill elephants on our land as they crossed the river from the national park to the game management area. He even sent a truck once loaded with about a dozen men armed with AK-47's and warned us to stop building. We could have given up and left but we knew someone had to stop the slaughter. So, we fought him for about 5 years in the court and the community. We finally got our Title Deeds (99 year lease) in 2011. He was so angry he told off one of the Ministry officials and they fined him $100,000 and took away his concession. Another good thing that happened is that the new President of Zambia has started a trophy hunting ban in Zambia for 5 years. He wants to see if camps like ours will bring in enough revenue so he can make it a permanent ban.
Unfortunately for us, fighting him really burned through the money to finish the camp. We did open in 2012, but since we are new and not well known yet, we didn't get much business. We are going to open in May, but we still need some more revenue to finish up a few things. We are currently on Crowdfunder to raise some capital, but it's been slow. Maybe you could share this story with your listeners. They would only have to donate $5 minimum. If you could it would be highly appreciated.
Our website if you would like to check it out is:
The Crowdfunder site is:
Thank you for reading this and keep on rockin,
David and Victoria Wallace"