The Zambezi Delta, once holding one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa per square mile
Our anti-poaching unit
It stands to reason that a poacher would far rather poach in a game rich area rather than a depleted one, so with the explosion in game numbers, the job hasn’t become any easier. In fact we are now arresting more commercial bush meat poachers rather than subsistence poachers, and most come from outside our Coutada.
Our unit now consists of 22 men, with Craig Windt as their full time leader and coordinator
We have a 12 month presence in the area. Craig is passionate about “His Unit”, an attitude which has rubbed off on his rangers. New tactics and plans are discussed on a daily basis. Ambushes are set and areas patrolled. The poachers, now more than ever, know if they poach in Coutada 11, there is a big chance of being caught. Craig’s unit is mobile, with a Land Cruiser and a Bike squad. Our motorbike unit is a quick reaction unit. It consists of 5 bush bikes with 4 rangers and Craig. They are able to follow foot paths and access areas that you can normally only get to on foot. They are also able to cover a very big area in a day. Another advantage of this unit is that if a PH sees any sign of poaching he can radio in and within 30 minutes the unit can be deployed. The rest of the unit do daily foot patrols and frequently set ambushes primarily targeting the routes used to take the meat out of the area. In addition to salaries, the rangers receive a reward for each gin trap brought in (about 50% of the street value). We now see less and less of these cruel devices.
“Mark Haldane’s anti-poaching efforts are not only commendable, they are absolutely necessary if we are to have any hope of our grandchildren seeing the Africa we all love.”
– Jim Shockey
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