Prevent the illegal
use of wildlife
What is the illegal use of wildlife?
When tough soil conditions are exacerbated by long droughts, people often struggle to grow food and feed their cattle; accessing food can be difficult. Yet these rural communities live within, or close to, areas that are teeming with game and animals. As a result, they may turn to subsistence poaching, the illegal exploitation of animals and plants for personal consumption.
Poaching can also be carried out by organised groups that often work across different countries and who usually recruit locals to assist them. These groups target larger animals for the sale of ivory or rhino horn. Poaching is a serious problem and threat to wildlife and can also endanger communities by involving them in illegal practices.
What we do
What is the Foundation doing?
Anti-poaching scouts from local villages patrol areas, engage communities and safeguard their resources; if set-up correctly, they can play a pivotal role in community conservation. The Foundation is supporting these scouts by providing funds for training, uniforms and field equipment.
In desperate times, as is the case now with covid-19 and the stall of tourism, poaching for food, money or to protect crops or domestic livestock increases. As a result, the role of local anti-poaching and wildlife protection scouts is even more important. Community wildlife protection units provide employment opportunities, improve awareness levels and promote community engagement. However, maintenance of these units is costly; salaries, food, accommodation, field equipment, uniforms and training are all essential to ensure proactive and effective wildlife protection. Find out how the Foundation is equipping scouts here
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