400 Poachers Snared in a Year: Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit on a Roll

VFAPU scout Trust Sibanda on patrol
Photo by VFAPU

Every year, thousands of travelers from all over the world visit the Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Zimbabwe and Zambia, to watch the waters of the Zambezi River thunder into the deep Batoka Gorge, and to appreciate the abundant wildlife that roam the areas around the Falls.

But like anywhere in Africa, where wildlife and local people live in close proximity, there are poaching threats to the animals.

The Victoria Falls Anti Poaching Unit (VFAPU), based in the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, is a non-profit organisation working to fight poaching in the Zambezi National Park and adjacent Victoria Falls National Park.

The Unit reported capturing a total of 400 poachers in 2014, including the successful investigation and capture of a number of poachers who were involved in a terrible elephant-poisoning incident in Zambezi National Park.

“It was shocking to experience our first case of cyanide poisoning,” said VFAPU operation co-ordinator Charles Brightman, “where poachers placed poison in a mineral lick and sadly, five elephants lost their lives.”

“It’s a new method of poaching, the use of poisons rather than shooting, with the main object being to get tusks for black market sale.”

The investigation into the incident —> Read More Here


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