A Zambian business that creates handcrafted accessories that capture elements of the African bush and way of life whilst investing in the conservation of the South Luangwa, to help fund critical anti-snare patrols in the South Luangwa Valley.
From working with local carpenters who create hand carved wooden beads and seeds, to supplementing local farmers’ income by buying guinea fowl feathers and ordering countless chitenge gift bags from local tailor Esnart Phiri, Mulberry Mongoose aims to give back through generating local business.
They also pride themselves on hiring local artisans, particularly women, and investing in staff training and development; the aim is for the artisans’ skills to grow with the business.
Mulberry Mongoose uses snare wire collected in by the South Luangwa Conservation Society (SLCS) who collaborate closely with the Zambian Carnivore Programme (ZCP).
SLCS organizes strategic anti-snare patrols to collect the illegal and lethal snare wire set around the South Luangwa National Park and surrounding buffer zones.
Poachers lay snares to trap bush meat but the wire is an indiscriminate killer of iconic wildlife including elephant, giraffe, lion, leopard and the endangered wild dog.