He's right! What could be more about us than ANTI POACHING?
So today I am putting up a second, equally or more apt, representative for A
Anti Poaching is a huge part of what we do everyday.
We have a team of trained game scouts called the Chishakwe Shumba (shumba is the Shona word for Lion). It is no coincidence that they named themselves after our largest predator ...
|The Shumba outside the scout base|
They go out on foot everyday and cover kilometers of terrain looking for signs of poaching activity ... and especially looking for and removing snares.
Snares account for more animal deaths than any other form of poaching and are particularly heinous in that the animals they trap often die miserable and desperate deaths. Not only that, but snares do not discriminate between species and it is not uncommon for endangered or inedible species such as Wild Dog, Cheetah or Leopard to be caught.
|A snared leopard|
It is not unusual for the Chishakwe Shumba to sleep out on high ground when the moon is full, providing extra surveillance where it counts at the time of month when the poaching risk is highest.
Spending so much time out on the ranch obviously makes the members of Chishakwe Shumba the ideal people to sight and observe animals, birds, plants, spoor and many other bio activities. Part of their duties is to report back on their observations on a daily basis. This valuable information is then compiled to use for monitoring and management purposes.
Ranch Scouts such as Chishakwe Shumba and their colleagues on the other ranches in the conservancy provide the first line of anti poaching. When it comes to specialist anti poaching such as that used in the case of highly organised and heavily armed rhino poachers the ranch scouts provide local terrain and tracking expertise to an operations unit which operates conservancy wide.
This unit is comprised of dedicated men who put their lives on the line to make a difference to the alarming rate of poaching for the lucrative but highly illegal trade in horn and other animal parts.
Whatever the level they are operating at the men involved work daily to put the ANTI into Anti Poaching and we thank them for their commitment.