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Conservation: Different Poachers Snares

All have walked with us know that we are conservationists at heart. As part of an education process we decided to cut three videos [this is #2] that talk about snaring, one of the most common forms of poaching. What we see in this video, is not unique to particular areas, it happens at reserves through Africa and is largely driven by habitat encroachment and poor socio-economics.

Snares are wire traps set on game paths, by poachers, to illegally and indiscriminately kill animals. The trapped animals die a horrible death of strangulation whilst the wire cut through the flesh into the animals. When the poacher checks these traps, which is not always, and he finds a fresh enough carcass/es, they use the meat for either their own purposes or for the illegal bush meat trade.

We have found animals, big and small, across all species, mostly dead, but sometimes alive and suffering in these types of traps. Although we could have, we have purposely, out of respect to both the animal and our followers, not shown dead animals.

This video was captured whilst undertaking anti-poaching work. These are real snares set by real poachers. Through the years this team has taken out literally thousands of snares, consequently saving the lives of the African wildlife that we come to see on safari.


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