Revenue generated from hunting safaris is the sole source of funding for the resources we require to mantain the game populations and the ecological well-being of the concession.
We are constantly trying to put more boots on the ground, acquire better equipment and source better training for our anti-poaching unit. We are privileged to be the custodians of one of the most amazing wildlife areas in the country, and we want to keep it that way.
With close to 1 million acres of land, this is no easy task. Finding an elephant poacher requires manpower, fuel and perseverence.
Game scouts are deployed regularly on foot patrols in areas of strategic importance. They are often deployed together with game scouts from the Tchuma Tchato program, and sometimes they are also accompanied by local police and/or Guarda da Fronteira (Border police). Foot patrols are extremely effective when they are executed correctly by a well-trained team. Poachers are unlikely to enter areas known to be frequented by our teams. When poachers do enter the areas, the teams are extremely well trained and have on many occasions tracked the poacher back to his own residence!
In the last ten years, the fish demand for fish has exploded in areas of central Africa. As result, illegal fishing has increased dramatically on Lake Cahora Bassa and is largely unregulated. Nets are largely too small. Especially problematic for the environment are mosquito nets which have been donated by aid organizations. Through regular Boat patrols, our anti-poaching team assists local law enforcement with the regulation of fishing, net and vessel licenses, as well as the enforcement of fishing zones. When the fishery is well regulated, the community can achieve better catches and greater benefits as a result of sustainable practices, allowing the fish to breed in protected zones and harvesting the right size fish in open zones. We have seen a dramatic improvement in the fishery at the Mbadzi river, due to the construction of our anti-poaching outpost at the river mouth. Game scouts conduct daily water patrols using the AP Banana boat.
A donation to our anti-poaching efforts is the most meaningful contribution that you can make. Every cent goes to the everyday costs of running this operation. Here are some examples of what your money can do:
|$50||-||A ranger's food for 1 month|
|$90||-||A new pair of good quality patrol boots|
|$100||-||Pays a villager who can give information about an elephant poacher|
|$150||-||A new uniform for a ranger|
|$500||-||Pays the fuel cost of transporting a unit on a 2 week operation.|
|$1000||-||Enables us to equip a ranger with a radio / tracking device /satellite phone|
|$2500||-||Provides essential field equipment: backpack, binoculars, medical aid kit, handcuffs, GPS, camera and headlamp for a ranger|