Protecting Wildlife: A Solar Solution

In an unwavering commitment to shield wild animals from the perils of consuming hazardous substances at the dumpsite, Pristine Victoria Falls Society (PVFS) has forged strategic partnerships with local institutions. Together, they’ve implemented a groundbreaking solution: a solar-powered electric fence meticulously erected around the dumpsite.

Battling the Plastic Peril

The primary objective of this initiative is to safeguard wild animals, particularly elephants, from the harmful effects of ingesting plastic. When elephants consume plastic, it introduces toxic chemicals, such as phthalates, into their digestive system. This poses a severe threat to their reproductive health, potentially impacting their overall survival and contributing to fluctuations in population size.

Unintended Consequences: Seed Dispersal and Pollution

Beyond direct ingestion, elephants play a crucial role in seed dispersal through their dung. Unfortunately, this natural process inadvertently transports pollutants into wild spaces, endangering not only the health of the elephants but also their forest companions. The repercussions of these pollutants ripple through the ecosystem, necessitating a comprehensive and effective solution.

Continuous Improvement: Enhancing the Electric Shield

Over recent months, PVFS, in relentless collaboration with its partners, has dedicated significant efforts to enhance the solar-powered electric fence. The initial voltage, starting at 4 kV, has now been elevated to an impressive 9.7 kV. This substantial upgrade has proven highly effective, successfully deterring elephants from accessing the dumpsite for an extended period—two months and counting.

Defying the Giants: Resilience of the Upgraded Fence

Despite several attempts by formidable elephant herds to breach the barrier, the enhanced electric fence has stood firm, proving its efficacy in wildlife preservation. The increased voltage has played a pivotal role in dissuading these massive creatures from venturing into the hazardous dumpsite.

Fire Guards: A Preemptive Measure

Recognizing the multifaceted challenges posed by potential threats, both outside and inside perimeter fire guards have been strategically established. This proactive measure ensures that the solar-powered electric fence remains resilient even in the face of unforeseen challenges, such as the threat of fires that could compromise its integrity.

A Holistic Approach: Beyond Protection to Preservation

The concerted efforts of PVFS and its partners transcend mere protection; they embody a holistic commitment to the preservation of wildlife and the delicate ecosystems they inhabit. By addressing the intricate interplay of plastic pollution, seed dispersal, and the resilience of the electric fence, this initiative emerges as a powerful testament to the ongoing dedication to safeguarding Victoria Falls’ rich biodiversity.


Society Participants

Jane Doe

Local Communities Biologist

Ramos Gerry

Local Communities

Etnan Wily

Local Communities

Our Impact to Victoria Falls

Wildlife Preservation

By deterring elephants from ingesting hazardous substances like plastic, the program actively contributes to preserving the health and well-being of the wildlife population around Victoria Falls.

Ecosystem Health and Biodiversity

The program recognizes the interconnectedness of wildlife, seed dispersal, and ecosystem health.

Technological Advancement for Conservation

This technological advancement not only protects wildlife but also serves as a model for leveraging sustainable solutions to address environmental challenges.

Resilience Against Threats

The establishment of fire guards further fortifies the program against potential threats, ensuring the continued success of the initiative in protecting Victoria Falls from environmental hazards.