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WCESC is the official environmental organisation in Zambia and our mission is to promote public participation in caring for Zambia.

The Society was founded in 1953 and is the oldest and most established wildlife and environmental (non-governmental) organisation in the country.

The Society runs amongst others, the famous Chongololo and Conservation Clubs, providing environmental awareness to school going children all over Zambia.

The Society's overall objectives are firstly, to create a strong lobbying and consultative presence that will make meaningful progress with achieving sensible and sustainable environmental policies. Equally importantly we see a major role for the Society in transferring these practices and approaches to the young – who will inherit the results of our successes - or our oversights.

As part of its work, the Society enjoys warm collaborative links with Government and other environmental organisations locally and internationally.

The Society is a partner to the World Wide Fund for nature, WWF.

 Mission Statement

"The mission of the Society is to spearhead environmental awareness at all levels of the community, promote the wise use of natural resources and to become the most effective independent environmental action group in Zambia."

Please explore our website and find out how you can get involved in caring for our natural resources.

To spearhead environmental awareness at all levels of the community, promote the wise use of natural resources, and to be the most effective independent environmental action group in Zambia.

The Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia (WECSZ) was founded in 1953 by concerned members of the hunting fraternity as the Game Preservation and Hunting Association (GPHA). In 1962 the GPHA changed its name to the Wildlife Conservation Society of Northern Rhodesia (WCSNR), reflecting the increasing urbanisation of its members.

In 1964 when Zambia gained independence it changed its name again to the Wildlife Conservation Society of Zambia (WCSZ), with the former Zambian Republican President Dr Kenneth Kaunda as its first patron.

The first Chongololo Clubs were formed in 1972 and the first Chongololo magazines printed and distributed within the same year. This was made possible with help from the then Ministry of Education, World Wildlife Fund and Roan Consolidated Mines.

Our Chongololo programme was furthered in 1978 with the launch of the Chongololo Club of the Air (CCOA) radio programme. This was launched with the support of the Bata Shoe Company and Mrs. Bata herself. The current cumulative membership of the CCOA is 70,000 making it one of the largest environmental radio clubs in Africa.

In 1980 Conservation Clubs were launched in secondary schools. This initiative was given further support in 1986 with the launch of the Chipembele Magazine. Aimed at the secondary school age group this project was made possible by support from the World Wide Fund for Nature.

On the 5th of June, 1990, the Chongololo Programme was awarded the Global 500 Award by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This was for its sustained contribution to promoting environmental protection through awareness.

It was five years later, in 1995, that the Society's focus changed to reflect the shift in emphasis from solely wildlife to broader environmental issues. Thus, on the World Environment Day, the Society came to be what it is today - the Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia and remains the country’s oldest charitable membership-based non-governmental organisation dedicated to environmental conservation.


A key element of our Environmental Education Programme is the production of environmental education material such as the Chongololo and Chipembele magazines, distributed free to schools and community-based Chongololo and Conservation clubs in Zambia.

These printed materials are supported by a weekly environmental commentary column, “Environmental Notes by Warthog”, in the Sunday Times of Zambia, and the Chongololo Club of the Air, a weekly Sunday lunchtime radio programme on Radio 2. This programme has a declared membership of over 80,500, with countless passive listeners countrywide, making it probably the largest environmental radio club in Africa.

The WECSZ has been a proud recipient of the prestigious Global 500 Award on June 5, 1990 (now called the Champions of the Earth Award) from the United Nations Environment programme (UNEP), for its conservation efforts.

The society also actively seeks to get engaged in supporting wildlife research, environmental monitoring and practical conservation, as well as awareness campaigns, advocacy, lobbying and training.
Members also receive a free copy of the quarterly Black Lechwe magazine.