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Chigumbura was jobless, with no skills and no prospects. Chigumbura was not even permitted to visit her daughter. When she came by, the grandmother would spin stories to shoo her away, telling her that her baby was in Mozambique, for example. It went on like this for three years, until one day, when Chigumbura was 20, the village head pulled her aside. An Australian named Damien Mander was looking for female recruits to become wildlife rangers, and the village head thought Chigumbura was an excellent candidate.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: CONGO: CATCHING ELEPHANT POACHERS (GRAPHIC!)
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There’s a New Tool in the Fight Against Elephant Poaching
Meet the American woman who tracks down and kills elephant poachers
T he black metal of the AR rifle has worn silvery and shiny in parts after years of use. More manageable than an AK in close-quarter combat, the weapon is precise enough to bring down an enemy target at metres. Used for decades by anti-poaching units throughout Africa , today this gun is not carried by a typical swaggering male field ranger; this one is cradled securely and proficiently by Vimbai Kumire. Kumire is a year-old single mother whose husband ran off with a younger woman while she was pregnant with her second child. According to conservation biologist Victor Muposhi of Chinhoyi University of Technology, the lower Zambezi Valley has lost 11, elephants in the past 10 years. But he believes that hiring and training female rangers such as Kumire directly from the local communities is a game-changer. Primrose Mazliru, 21, stands in the gathering dusk near their camp among the new grass, bright green with the recent rains.
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When Sam Wasser, a conservation biologist at the University of Washington, flew into Singapore on October 26, , one of the first things he did was borrow a car and drive to a hardware store. He bought two circular saws, some F clamps and a wheelbarrow. Authorities, acting on an anonymous tip, had seized 80 tea sacks that had been shipped from Mombasa, Kenya.
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Conservation has become a war, and park rangers and poachers are the soldiers. We're all gonna die. Is he serious? His sardonic half smile is difficult to read. But I still stick as closely as I can to him and his automatic rifle. The three guns between the six men on patrol should be enough to overpower any poachers, Myeni tells me, since a poaching team usually carries just one rifle.
The Fight Against Elephant Poachers Is Going Commando
The port of Ouesso, in the Republic of Congo, sprawls along the east bank of the Sangha River, a wide, murky stream that winds through the heart of Africa. One recent morning, a crowd gathered around a rotting dock in the harbor to gape at the sight of seven white men stepping gingerly into a foot-long pirogue. Carved out of a tree trunk, and barely wide enough to accommodate a person with knees squeezed together, the pirogue rocked dangerously and seemed about to pitch its passengers into the oil-slicked water. Then it steadied itself, and we settled onto blue canvas folding chairs arranged single file from bow to stern. The shirtless captain revved up the engine. The slender craft puttered past clumps of reeds, scuttled rowboats and an overturned barge, and joined the olive green river. We were heading upstream to a vast preserve in the Central African Republic CAR , and between here and there lay miles of unbroken rainforest, home to elephants and western lowland gorillas, bongo antelopes, African forest buffaloes, gray-cheeked mangabeys and bush pigs, as well as soldiers, rebels, bandits and poachers. Leading our group was Nir Kalron, a year-old former Israeli commando who has built a thriving career selling his military expertise to conservation groups and game parks across Africa.
And the rangers have called in the troops. Illegal poaching has become such a major crisis that game parks across Africa are increasingly turning to active soldiers, veterans, and military technologies to protect wildlife. The organization also tried deploying drones in Namibia, until the government pushed back.
The Price of Protecting Rhinos
How do you kill an elephant without a gun, if all you've got is a spear, and your 20 centimeters 8 inches of sharpened metal is going up against five tons of thick-skinned beast? As soon as the bull elephant approaches, the Maasai warrior leaps from his hiding place in the bush and onto a rock, ramming the spear diagonally downward into the animal's huge body. It manages to stagger on for just a few meters before collapsing.
While giraffe hunter Rebecca Francis incurs the wrath of a thousand animal lovers on Twitter — including Ricky Gervais — Kinessa Johnson is inspiring a wealth of fan support. Johnson , from Washington, poaches poachers in Africa in order to preserve endangered wildlife from becoming extinct. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists?
All rights reserved. It's a. Behind the wheel is Shadu Hlangwana, with Felicia Mogahane in the passenger's seat and Carol Khosa in the back with me. Having lost my luggage in transport, I'm wearing jeans with a beige fleece and camouflage cap from the Pondoro Game Lodge , the reserve property that is my home for the next two nights.