A male African Elephant watches the WLT group in Luangwa National Park.

On” a recent” visit to Gemfields ethical emerald mine, World Land Trust (WLT) CEO *John Burton” was joined by Bill Oddie, conservationist and long-term supporter* of the WLT, Bruce Pearson, WLT trustee and wildlife artist, Simon Barnes, WLT council member and environmental journalist for /The Times /newspaper, and David Bebber, leading photographer from /The Times./”  “€œThe trip was an opportunity for the team to visit the mine and to do due diligence over how we operate”€, said Anna” Haber, head of PR and Marketing at Gemfields,” “€œIt was also a chance for WLT to see how we can possibly work together in Zambia moving forward.”€ The team also took the opportunity to visit nearby Luangwa national park, renowned as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world.”  *They saw an impressive number of species, including a family of lions with a cub* that strolled past their car, and an array of bird species, including a Giant kingfisher, Sacred ibis, and African spoonbill.”  *Of particular interest was seeing an African elephant in musth* “€“ a time when the temporal glands of adult male elephant becomes swollen and excrete a strong-smelling liquid that is rich in testosterone, making them notably more aggressive.”  It is hoped that” a new WLT initiative, working in collaboration with Gemfields, will help protect more of Zambia”€™s habitat for its impressive wildlife.

-More information about the WLT site visit to Zambia-

· Learn how the WLT is working with ethical mining company Gemfields