Monday 1 August 2016

Thousands of poachers snares removed in one park

Just to highlight the severity of the problem of  illegal killing of wildlife for bushmeat let me give some figures.

One year ago today the Management of Liwonde National Park in Malawi was taken over by African Parks.

Bear in mind that this was already Malawi's flagship park and you might have expected it to have received some protection.

Since taking over they have removed  over 40 gin traps and over 16000 snares.

That's in one park in one year. Imagine the amount of animal suffering that has been averted. But then think of all the other places in Africa where this is going on, both inside and outside protected areas, and you can see what a massive problem it is.

No wonder lions and leopards resort to cattle raiding. In many areas their prey species are being wiped out.

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