- Posted December 1, 2013 by
Four shells four lives
Xonghile Game Park in Mozambique put out a desperate call for help from ex-special forces conservationists, the IAPF, as they faced down waves of heavily-armed poacher gangs.
Help soon arrived to support the local trackers who were enduring days in the bush trying to protect the endangered animals in their area. Donated kit, including tactical vests, advanced detection technology and personal defence equipment soon won the edge. An arrest was made, netting weapons and cash, followed by an audacious sting operation bringing down a middleman attempting to first bribe, then purchase his seized .458 rifle!
The reserve is used as a transit corridor for poachers entering Kruger in search of rhino horn. Each poacher arrested gives 100s of animals a chance to live and breed - each shell here represents one dead mutilated rhino or elephant.
Yet this all went unnoticed.