Poachers based on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River upstream of Victoria Falls can easily monitor buffalo movement on the Zimbabwean side. As the herds move back and forth from the river to drink, the poachers can get ahead and lay their snares across established corridors.
John Laing from Guides Against Poaching (GAP) has been conducting anti-poaching operations in this area for over ten years and knows all the poachers’ favourite snaring places.
John maintains that while funding is essential, “boots on the ground” is the only way to combat poaching. Whether we like hunting or not, hunters move through vast areas where nobody else wants to go, the unsung heroes. John urges critics out there just to look at the good that hunting is doing, ensuring that our wild spaces are conserved.