Moses stops poaching by reforming wildlife 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. How Moses stops wildlife poaching.
Moses, a former ranger, wanted to attack the sad poaching issue in his area north of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. After a huge awareness march for the African elephants 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 wildlife poachers. Namely, bee keeping and Tilapia 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.
Tilapia Fish Farming
Tilapia 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
In 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 also included another money making venture for his reformed poachers… vegetable farming. Again, Moses reached out for help. Money is needed for seeds and simple farming equipment.
In 2019 Moses had his biggest turnout yet! 42 poachers laid down their spears! We sponsored 20 new beehives with more of course needed.
Helping is easy…
Moses has found a simple yet effective way to persuade wildlife poachers to embrace a more constructive livelihood.
Saving The Pangolin
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 couple of years he has rescued close to 20 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 African 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
Moses is on the ground curbing wildlife poaching and with our help he can keep at it.
A little goes an awful long way. So your $10 or $25 gift a month can make a big difference for wildlife.