Only a few weeks ago Hong Kong was thrust onto the world conservation stage following a massive haul in elephant ivory and pangolin scales. Asia may be the end game for these threatened species, but Africa is where the frontlines are drawn. Come and hear the story of the battle being waged and the unique approach from the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (www.iapf.org) which is having devastating effects on poaching syndicates in Zimbabwe through the empowerment of women and local communities.
Event opens 6pm, lecture starts around 7pm.
Damien spent his 20s in the Royal Australian Navy, risking his life to protect others – first as a Naval clearance diver, then as a sniper in an elite special forces unit. By 2009, burned out after three years in Iraq, he bought a one-way ticket to Africa for his next mission: Military skills to fight poaching.
For 7 years the team fought for wildlife using traditional methods. It worked but Mander felt it was not sustainable, believing there had to be another way. By 2017 and frustrated, he found himself forming the first nature reserve in the world to be managed and protected by women.
The recruits were survivors of domestic violence, single mothers, abandoned wives, and AIDS orphans. The instructors were skeptical, but the results spoke for themselves, as along the way the team made more than 100 arrests. Opinions and stereotypes were rapidly shattered in the male-dominated industry.
Hear about the team’s efforts in helping to protect the world’s second largest elephant population in Zimbabwe.
Date: Tuesday, 19 March 2019
Time: 6:00 – 8:30pm
Place: Oolaa, 1-9 Bridges Street, Central
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Ticket entry includes meeting Damien and his presentation on helping to protect the worlds second largest elephant population, Q&A, lucky door prizes to be won and drinks to be purchased at happy hour prices.
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About International Anti-Poaching Foundation: Illegal wildlife trafficking is one of the world’s largest criminal industries, with tangible links to terrorism and organized crime networks. As a result, “High-Value Species” such as elephants and rhinoceros are being hunted to extinction. These animals are some of the most difficult to protect, and safeguarding them is the core business of IAPF.
IAPF is a direct action wildlife conservation organization. IAPF protects endangered wildlife and ecosystems through strategic deployments and long term partnerships with local communities. Their conservation programs defend some of the most ecologically sensitive and underserved regions in Africa.