During January our Victoria Falls based team and volunteers took part in a spot of park maintenence within the Zambezi National Park. The team undertook litter picks at the Park's campsites, as well at some illegal picnic sites that they discovered. There were also sites where illegal waste dumping had been going on. Most forms of human litter, like plastics, can be detrimental to the health of the Park's wildlife if consumed. All the rubbish removed was taken to the local council`s waste management area for proper disposal.
With the commencement of heavy rains in the area the team, and some of the Parks' rangers, also undertook an exercise in road maintenance. The exercise focused on creating miter drains to assist in draining water from major road links within the Park. Usually after heavy rains the Park becomes inaccessible as standing water on the roads quickly turn them into mudbaths. The drainage systems will help keep more of the Park accessible for use by visiting tourists, research teams as well as the Park's staff for management of the area.