Edward Mwaulika slips off his bicycle deep in the forest and listens. An elephant? Poachers? Edward is a game guard, one of 21 dedicated men who keep wildlife safe in Salambala Conservancy on the Botswana border, at the eastern tip of Zambezi Region.
Bikes are part of Salambala’s conservation strategy. Cars break down and are noisy – easy for poachers to hear, and a game guard driving a car is unlikely to hear a gun shot. Boots are fine for getting through thick bush, but a bike gets you to the spot quickly and quietly.