Overlanding is awesome! We meet dedicated and passionate people like Moses, the man who reforms elephant poachers.
Moses hiked us all over the place in his small village in Uganda. After meeting reformed poachers and farmers saving rainforest I was blown away. Moses, a former wildlife ranger, has accomplished so much. However, I realized we knew very little about the man himself. So, I sent him some questions to answer for us.
Introducing Moses, the man who reforms elephant poachers
Where were you born?
I was born and grew up in Bweronde Rugando village Kayonza sub county Kanungu district Uganda.
Did you see wildlife in your area when you were a child?
When I was a child I used to see wildlife in my village that got killed slowly until most were finished.
What happened in your life to make you care for wildlife?
I saw the mountain gorillas when I was in primary seven, when I had gone to visit my aunt.
I decided to care for wildlife when found out that most were being killed and would be a tourist attraction to our country and my village.
What did others in your village/place think about wildlife?
Other people didn’t and still don’t care about wildlife.
If they didn’t care for wildlife why not?
Because they are born seeing them so don’t mind about them.
[Please note what Moses says here…. basically because the wildlife is familiar it doesn’t matter]
Are you still in the place you were when you were a child?
Yes, This is the place I was as a child.
Did you go to school? For how long?
I did go to school but wasn’t able to go to university.
I have certificates in tourist guiding, wildlife habitat conservation, bird guiding and paramilitary training. All acquired here in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Most done practically.
Also have a Uganda certificate of education.
Total 15 years of study.
During your training what species did you learn about most?
Mountain gorillas and elephants.
How long have you been in wildlife conservation?
I have been in wildlife conservation for over 20 years.
How did you start what you are doing now?
I started ‘NR Conservation And Development’ to implement wildlife and nature friendly projects in villages neighbouring wildlife homes in Uganda and other places where possible.
I started in 2012 and registered as a company in 2013.
On the way to register as charity organization soon this year.
We started by doing community conservation awareness through hosting events like Global March for Elephants and Rhinos, and March for Lions.
What is your main goal for the work you are doing now?
My main goal is to see that even our grand and great-grand children gets a chance to see wildlife too in the wild.
What are your biggest challenges?
My challenges are:
> Lack of transport means
> Lack of enough funding
> Lack of enough communication tools.
When you feel like you want to give up what keeps you going?
What keeps me going is having like minded people around me on social media and people who donate to my projects.
What do you think others (governments, NGOs, people) should do to help save wildlife?
Ngos and governments should do a lot of awareness and empower people that live next to wildlife and the whole public.
What do you think would help others get more involved in saving wildlife?
To get more involved it needs all people to know how animals are important to all and how they can benefit from living animals rather than dead ones.