This is not the first time Moses is marching to stop poaching. He has managed to save elephant and pangolin for over two years by reforming poachers.
On a mission
It’s two years ago. Moses Arineitwe is on a mission to save the wildlife in his area near Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest in Uganda. He decides marching to stop poaching might be a good start. The Global March for Elephants and Rhinos is being organized in various cities around the world, why not in his village of Rugando.
Now, you must know Moses. When he decides to do something he is pretty much unstoppable despite limited of funds and support. And so it was two years ago.
Marching to stop poaching had some unexpected results. Poachers came forward. They wanted to change their ways. Moses had to think fast. After all these men needed to make a living, to feed their families. What viable alternatives could Moses offer? His small organization the ‘NR Conservation And Development’ was not prepared for this. However, in true Moses style he made a plan.
Bee keeping and Talapia fish farming! These ‘retiring’ poachers could become beekeepers and fish farmers. With out much ado Moses reached out to his growing online community. They responded. Within short order he had funding for around 45 bee hives.
The building and digging began. When we visited Moses and the former poachers in early 2017 it was working. The bee hives were regularly supplying honey for personal consumption and selling as were the fish ponds supplying fresh Talapia.
Fast forward to September 2017.
Moses is Marching to Stop Poaching of Elephant and Pangolin in Uganda
This October 7th during the annual march to save elephant and rhino Moses is targeting two villages near the Queen Elisabeth National Park, Kihihi and Kameme. He is expecting 400 local people to participate. After marching to stop poaching a gathering will be held at the Kameme Trading Center. (Supposedly this is where wildlife poachers and dealers in ivory live.)
In 2015 Moses worked some kind of magic to convince a handful of poachers to reconsider their ways. Since then many others have traded in their spears and snares for bee hives and a Talapia Fish pond.
Surely Moses will be successful again. Surely even more will be motivated to do the same.
Marching to stop poaching in Uganda really is effective. Moses has proven that it works.
As you can imagine pulling of this March with its accompanying educational gathering requires money. Although a ton of money for the folks in Uganda for those of us in other parts of the world pulling $2,400 should be doable.