Zambia Wildlife Authority

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Zambia Wildlife Authority
Logo of Zambia Wildlife Authority.jpg
Agency overview
Preceding agency
  • Department of National Parks and Wildlife
Superseding agency
  • National Parks and Wildlife Service
Headquarters Chilanga, Zambia
Agency executive
  • Director General

The Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) was an autonomous agency of the Zambian Government established to manage and conserve Zambia’s wildlife estate comprising 20 National Parks, 36 Game Management Areas and one bird sanctuary, which cover 31 percent of the country’s land mass.

It was established in 1999 under the Zambia Wildlife Act replacing the former Department of National Parks and Wildlife Service.

In 2015 it was announced that the Zambia Wildlife Authority would be abolished with its functions returning to the Ministry of Tourism and Arts.[1]

In 2016 the Zambia Wildlife Authority was dissolved and its responsibilities passed to the newly formed Department of National Parks and Wildlife a department of the Ministry of Tourism and Arts.


  1. ^ "ZAWA abolished". Lusaka Times. Lusaka Times. Retrieved 16 July 2015.