Moses stops wildlife poaching by reforming poachers!
If we hadn’t personally met a group of them ourselves we may not have been convinced. But it’s true and here’s how it happened.
Moses is a former ranger wanted to attack the sad poaching issue in his area north of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda in a different way. After a huge awareness march for the elephants a couple of years ago the ball started rolling. A handful of poachers approached Moses. They wanted to stop killing animals, but it was their livelihood. He had to get creative. He had to find money.
Being a savvy man, Moses rallied support via Facebook and within short order had raised enough funds to begin two alternative income projects for these reforming poachers. Namely, bee keeping and Talapia fish farming.
With the money he raised he bought material to build bee hives. Each former poacher received a bee hive. Every three months honey is ready to harvest. About 3 liters per hive. One bottle goes to the poacher and his family and two bottles get sold. Some money goes to buy more materials to build more bee hives.
Talapia Fish Farming
Talapia fish are easily raised in ponds. The reformed poachers started digging. Every week fish are harvested and divided up among the reformed poachers. Again, some are sold. In Moses’ true fashion, some money goes to the ex-poachers and some back to his organization to reinvest and pay for operational expenses. Expenses like fish food.
Simple yet effective
This year (2017) Moses and his supporters marched again. This time in two villages near the Queen Elisabeth National Park. More poachers turned in their spears and snares. More bee hives are being built and fish ponds dug. More wildlife is being saved.
Moses has found a simple yet effective way to persuade wildlife poachers to embrace a more constructive livelihood.
Of late he has supporters and informants in numerous villages in his area in Uganda. They notify him of pending illegal activity. In the last few weeks he has rescued three highly endangered pangolin from poachers and even a lonely vervet monkey from captivity.
Moses does all this operating out of a tiny wooden shack, an ancient laptop, an out of date cell phone and a borrowed motor cycle.
As Moses’ influence and geographic area to save wildlife expands he faces new challenges. One big problem being increased expenses. This is one we can help him with… with your support of course.
The expense of travelling to talk to the would be poachers, to rescue the animals, provide incentives for informants and of course materials and equipment to get new reformed poachers started quickly mount up.
The good news is
A little goes an awful long way. So your $10 or $25 gift a month can make a big difference for wildlife.