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Why Is This Not Center Stage?

Discussions on conservation in Africa generally center around iconic game species.

But conservation is not about "Cecil the lion".

The Spanish Gamekeepers' Story (7-minute Video)

At the end of the 19th century, no more than 20 Spanish ibex were left in the Gredos mountain range. The population experienced a significant decline due to several factors, including habitat loss, poaching, and disease.

Through habitat restoration, anti-poaching measures, and controlled hunting, the species rebounded and began to thrive once again.

Dande Anti-Poaching Unit (DAPU), Zambezi Valley Report

We only picked up 63 snares (compared to 109 in 2022). Poaching is at a low/normal level. And most importantly, the low snare yield has been backed up by our own observations in the field.

The Use of Bees in an Informant Network (6-minute Video)

Guides Against Poaching (GAP) are innovative in creating informant networks across Zimbabwe. Honey production provides an income source to rural communities, and a good relationship can be established by providing them with active hives, bee-keeping training, and access to markets. Once trust has been secured, these beekeepers become valuable intelligence sources.

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