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Game Rangers International

Sport Beattie - CEO & Founder

Elephants at the Release Facility

Game Rangers International (GRI) is a Zambian non-profit organisation working to protect and conserve wildlife in Kafue National Park alongside the Department of National Parks an Wildlife (DNPW), as well as to disrupt and mitigate the illegal trade of wildlife products within Zambia and the sub-saharan region. It was established with initial, critical funding from the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation in 2008 and they who continue to support them today.  


GRI embraces a holistic approach to conservation. This is rooted in the belief that the key to sustainable, long term utilisation of Zambia’s natural wealth is best achieved by the active participation of its citizens in managing these vital eco-systems. These areas do not only contain a diversity of wildlife, they are also important cultural resources that provide opportunities for tourism, conservation education and research. In addition, they contribute to the socio-economic well-being of the surrounding local communities and Zambia as a whole.​


GRI operates under the guidance of Sport Beattie, CEO, and works in strategic areas of conservation: law enforcement, anti-trafficking, community outreach and education, research and policy, park maintenance and animal welfare.

What Game Rangers International does

  • GRI - Kafue Conservation Project (KCP) - Provide training and operational support to wildlife personnel on the front line of endangered species protection

  • Implement community outreach and education programmes in the communities around Kafue National Park

  • GRI - Elephant Orphanage Project (EOP) - Rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing orphaned elephants back into the wild

  • GRI - Wildlife Crime Prevention Project (WCPP) - Promoting nationwide conservation through wildlife crime prevention initiatives

  • GRI - Wildlife Veterinary Project (WVP) - Rescuing and rehabilitating injured wildlife

  • GRI - Zambia Primate Project (ZPP) - Rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing back to the wild, injured, orphaned and illegally held vervet monkeys and baboons

How Olsen Animal Trust helps

GRI - General

  • Core funding to help the entire organisation with their running costs, particularly in areas such as marketing and accounting

GRI - Elephant Orphanage Project (EOP)

  • A Primary Project Partner providing ongoing substantial financial support towards the overall running of the operation and all activities

  • Contribution to staff costs

  • Financial support for the construction of a new Primate Transit Home including pre-release enclosures and quarantine facilities

  • Funding for the construction of electric fencing around the veterinary clinic and Primate Transit Home

  • Funding for construction of field accommodation for ZPP Project Manager

GRI - Zambia Primate Project (ZPP)

GRI - Kafue Conservation Project (KCP)

  • Co-sponsorship of the anti-poaching light aircraft

  • Contribution to field staff accommodation and offices

  • Enhancement of the Mukambi women’s group business initiative and mosquito nets

  • Law enforcement support

GRI - Wildlife Veterinary Project​ (WVP)

  • Sponsorship of the rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned baby hippo “Jackie” until her eventual release back into the wild

  • Facilitation of dart gun to enable immediate immobilisation for safe and humane treatment of injured animals

Meet some of the characters

Jeffrey the rescued vervet monkey 
Cosmas at the primate release camp
Cosmas at the Tusk Conservation Awards
Anti-poaching scouts in training
Anti-poaching scouts at Hooks Bridge
Building primate transit facilties
 Anti-poaching plane 
Jackie being bottle-fed
Jackie the Hippo
Elephants and their keepers
Nursery for orphaned elephants 
Release Facility for rehabilitated elephants

For further information on the work of Game Rangers International please visit

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