One of Save the Rhino’s programs in Africa is called Lolesha Luangwa. Lolesha Luangwa is located in North Luangwa National Park, Zambia and works with 21 local schools in the Game Management Areas. The program’s focal species is the black rhino, about which the program teaches school children ages 11-14. The program focuses on children in this age group because their understanding and language skills should be developed enough to properly share what they’ve learned with others.
Although the local people in this area of Zambia live close to black rhinos, most of the children have never seen one in person. Save the Rhino’s Lolesha Luangwa program teaches children what the rhinos look like and why it is important that they be protected. The program’s presentations show the history of black rhinos in Zambia and the factors that may threaten the species’ survival, with an emphasis on the high amount of security needed for the black rhino. They also express the impact that an individual’s choices can make on the environment and suggest positive actions that the children and their families can take to protect wildlife in their area.