Communities that have bought into conservation and tourism risk losing it all to ‘new breed of poachers’.
“I started poaching with my younger brother when our father died. Our family had nothing, no farm or jobs so we had no choice but to hunt,” said Ndivo.
Using arrows dipped in a powerful poison called avai, Nicholas would kill up to five elephants a week and sell their tusks to a businessman in a nearby town….
Today, Ndivo is still earning a living from the wildlife in the Chyulu Hills, but in a spectacularly different way.
Instead of hunting big game, he is now using his poaching skills as a ranger for the conservation organisation Big Life.
Established in 2009 to address rampant poaching of elephants and other wildlife, Big Life employs Maasai and Kamba rangers to monitor, track and report on poaching activities. Many in their ranks are former poachers themselves….
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