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By Life Connected is a not for profit Grassroots organisation in Zambia that focuses on empowering communities around the Greater Kafue Ecosystem, and partners with them to create alternative sustainable livelihoods that are supported by a nature conservation wildlife economy. In this way By Life Connected and partners, create an active linkage between wildlife and communities such that engagement is direct, strong and sustainable over the long term.

What is By Life Connected doing in Zambia?

We are currently searching for funding for the ‘Farm to Table’ Initiative located in Nalusanga, the entrance village to Kafue National Park. This project will amplify the role of communities as active conservation and business partners in the nature conservation wildlife economy of the Greater Kafue Ecosystem by developing a management and logistics community driven service that provides the Kafue consumer needs from a locally grown produce market. In other words, the local farmers will provide the wildlife institutions in the park with the produce they need. The second phase of this project will be the collection of waste from the operators with the goal of improving the waste management in this area and empower the community to turn waste into beautiful art and other businesses.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

During our three months of travelling through southern Africa, we have used a Nikon D3300 with a 18-300 mm Sigma lens for our photography. All photos on this website, instagram and facebook are our own and copyrighted. All our photographs are for sale and can be printed on poster, fine art or other kinds of wall decoration in collaboration with Saal Digital (links show the options and formats). Click here for the price list.  All the proceeds will be invested in creating a sustainable future for Zambians and the natural world in and around Kafue National Park.

On our instagram account you can find most of our images. A sample of our pictures is shown below. If you are interested in prints or buying stock photographs, please send us an email. We are happy to give you advise if necessary. Include the following information in your email.

  • For prints: your name, shipping address, e-mail address, the image(s) you want (their number/name) and how you want the images to be printed (material and format).
  • For stock photographs: your name, e-mail address, phone number, the image(s) you want (their number/name) and what the images are going to be used for.

ABOUT US

After finishing their Master's degree in Forest and Nature Conservation at Wageningen University in the Netherlands in 2017, Kellie Bocxe and Lars Vermeer traveled through southern Africa. They visited many development aid and nature conservation projects for inspiration and experience. In their first two weeks traveling they they found a place with a lot of potential for community development and nature conservation: Kafue National Park in Zambia. And now, two years later, they are back after working, saving and creating revenue through (among others) their wildlife photography back in the Netherlands.

Kellie Bocxe

Graduate MSc Forest and Nature Conservation in Wageningen and BSc Environmental Science in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Wanted to work for Greenpeace since she was 10 years old. Now her dream is to build on a more sustainable planet by creating a lot of small steps in the form of local nature and community projects. Read more...

Lars Vermeer

Graduate MSc Forest and Nature Conservation in Wageningen The Netherlands. Lars is driven to find a way in which people and nature can coexist and thrive. His life goal is to build on a balanced future together with organizations and rural communities. Read more...

SPONSORS

We like to thank all of our friends and family for their support.

A special thank you for the continuous sponsor of our project, Creavorm BV.

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