National Geographic : 2005 Sep
FOR ZAMBIANS IN LUANGWA VALLEY-THE VALLEY OF THE ELEPHANTS-SURVIVAL IS A DAILY CHALLENGE, MET WITH SKILL AND COURAGE. ni tL t At the Salamo village market, workersfrom nearby Mutinondo Wildernesslodge weigh beans and nuts grown by localfarmers. "We're committed to buying what's availablein the area," says lodge co-owner LariMerrett. One hope she shareswith many conservationists:As growing tourism supportsjobs and builds demandfor the crops, crafts, and skills of ruralZambians, wildlife will come to be valued more highly in the wild than in poachers' snares.