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How One Man Is Fighting Poachers in Africa (16 pics)

Posted in Random » Awesome   13 Jun 2014   / 5164 views

Damian Mander has taken a stand against Rhino poachers in Zimbabwe. See how he is making a difference.


Baby Rhino in Zimbabwe - IAPF

Damien Mander - Anti-poaching crusader

Met Damien in Colombia while backpacking South America. Shortly after we met he went to Africa and was saddened by the poaching situation. He then returned to Australia sold his house and used his life savings to use his special ops and military experience to train an army to fight poachers in Zimbabwe.

Fighting poaching with military tactics

Mander advocates for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also called drones, to protect endangered wildlife. Their drones feature thermal and night-vision technology for use in military-style anti-poaching operations to prevent poachers from killing animals.

Saving what few rhinos are left in Africa.

Donating equipment and training to a foundation in one of the highest poaching areas

Rhinos in the wild

Using camouflage to catch poachers in the act

Across much of Africa anti-poaching tactics have remained largely unchanged for decades. Small groups of undertrained and poorly equipped rangers are sent out for days on end to conduct patrols in remote and dangerous locations. Modern-day poachers have evolved and routinely utilise military tactics and equipment to kill high-target species, such as elephants, rhinos and gorillas. In the cross-fire, rangers are also killed. Seeing this shortfall, the IAPF set out in 2009 to fill the gap.

At one of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation’s operations in Zimbabwe, not one rhino has been poached since we started managing security operations here in 2010. The nearest rhino population, 100kms to the east, has been decimated, from 76 black rhino down to only a remaining few in recent years.

Our rangers track the critically endangered black rhino for up to 20kms a day. Substitute feeding is put into some locations in order to attract and account for those that have not been followed the entire time.

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Comments (6):

HennieB 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Moral of the story, the white man as usual saves the day
Mr. Ree 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
That's Correct!

Johny 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Meh, you can't even write your own "white man" language down properly. The need for commas in your premise is way over 99999.
gdimarti 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
White men ruined Africa!! Turn on your brain next time!!
jeskris 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Your´e wrong. The africans are pretty good at ruining it for themselves
gigantes 4 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
but let's give some appreciation for the native rangers who risk their lives to protect these animals, eh?

also, i hope he does super-careful screening to prevent his group being infiltrated.