WILDLIFE PROTECTION

To assist in the protection of natural habitats and the flora and fauna they support


Training of Anti-Poaching Units

In 2014 ALERT entered into a partnership with Rory Young of Bannon-Tighe Global Assessment Group to extend our existing work in this important area of conservation.  Through this partnership we are offering training to Africa’s anti-poaching units (APUs) in the most comprehensive, intelligent and pragmatic doctrine ever devised to bring the practice of poaching under control.  Further, this doctrine utilises existing local resources and personnel with objective and low-cost solutions.

The doctrine “A Field Manual for Anti-Poaching Activities” and the training will be provided to APUs free of charge thanks to funding provided by many supporting parties.  To that end ALERT has also announced a partnership with Chengeta Wildlife to extend fundraising efforts in support of this program.  

A Field Manual for Anti-Poaching Activities”, available in both English and French, has been developed by Rory Young, a professional tracker with 25 years’ experience and a number of security professionals with experience in investigations, special operations, law enforcement, and S.W.A.T. training doctrines.  The combined experience of these contributors has created a doctrine capable of tackling poaching at the market, in transit and on the ground.

The doctrine and training covers three broad areas of expertise required in effective wildlife protection:

1.      Pro-active and reactive investigation techniques to understand the movements, areas of operation and modus operandi of poachers.  Effective investigation is key to improving success and utilising resources in locating and capturing poachers most efficiently.

2.    Surveillance and tracking skills to locate the poachers.  These training protocols have been developed with many years’ experience and incorporating aspects of anthropology, podiatry and forensic science. 

3.    Apprehension techniques to ensure a safe and effective method to capture poachers.

Training is conducted within local and international laws and adapted to local conditions and sensitivities. Wherever possible local trainers are used and training of local individuals, able to provide future training, is always the primary goal. The doctrine and training are transparent and made available to local authorities in advance, and their input and advice requested prior to commencement.

Milestones:

2014:  In April 21 scouts involved in anti-poaching activities with 5 different organizations in the Gache Gache area of Zimbabwe received training.


Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia

ALERT, through our partner Lion Encounter, conducts regular anti-poaching patrols with, and under the supervision of, Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) staff.  The aim is to remove snares set by poachers that are then handed over to ZAWA to be destroyed.

Milestones:

2010:  352 snares removed
2011:  719 snares removed
2012:  483 snares removed
2013:  106 snares removed


Zambezi National Park, Zimbabwe

Funding derived from tourists visiting the the African Lion Rehabilitation & Release into the Wild Program at Lion Encounter Zimbabwe is provided to support the work of the Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit within the Zambezi National Park.  Established in 1999 VFAPU's work entails the removal of snares and landmines and the apprehension of poachers.  In addition, educational programs in schools and youth groups are undertaken whilst employment is sourced for poachers to provide economic reasons for them to cease their destructive practices. ALERT operates a sponsor an anti-poaching scout program to raise additional funding for this work.

Milestones:         

2010:  USD 5,638 donated to VFAPU
2011:  USD 11,691 donated to VFAPU
2012:  USD 11,283 donated to VFAPU
2013:  USD 11,814 donated to VFAPU


Bumi Hills Wildlife Area, Zimbabwe

Founded in July 2009, Bumi Hills Anti-Poaching Unit works tirelessly to prevent all forms of poaching against flora and fauna found in and around the Bumi Hills Wildlife Area in the north of Zimbabwe.  Their work aims to remove snares to prevent the death and injury they cause, as well as working with communities to stop poaching in the area.  ALERT also supports the efforts of the in northern Zimbabwe.  

Milestones:

Starting at the end of 2013, ALERT has added a sponsor an anti-poaching scout program to raise funding for this work.  £37.63 was raised in 2013, an amount we intend to increase significantly during 2014.


Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

Funding has been provided to The Tashinga Initiative, a wildlife protection project in the Zambezi Valley of Zimbabwe.  Operating in full collaboration with the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZPWMA), TTI seeks to address the problem of unsustainable resource use, illegal activity and to enhance operational capacity within ZPWMA. 

Milestones:

2009:  Following a direct plea from Dr. Norman Monks, the then Area Manager of Mana Pools National Park, ALERT donated funds, along with other organizations, towards The Tashinga Initiative’s Ranger Training Course at Mana Pools.  The Park’s Rangers undertook an intensive program in order to better equip them with a practical knowledge on the subject of anti-poaching, how best to deal with armed poachers – a predominant problem in this region, to build team confidence and spirits and training to ensure the safety of each Ranger.  The Rangers themselves commented on the training given… ”The course was … life inspiring to me as it gave me an incredible experience.  The tracking and ambushing tactics are fundamental.”  The Trainers remarked…” [The Rangers] responded very well to this training and have expressed the desire to learn more…each individual has stated that they benefitted much and that it has equipped them with knowledge they never had…”  

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