A scan through the all too regular reports of rhino poaching show a peak of activity over full moon – or ‘poachers moon’. This is no coincidence, as the full moon means brightened skies, allowing poachers to operate without the need for torches which could disclose their position.
Rhino poaching and increasing elephant poaching is devastating populations across southern and east Africa. These criminal gangs are armed to the teeth, well-funded and will stop at nothing to get their hands on rhino horn. They are using ever more sophisticated techniques to dehorn rhinos including the use of tranquilliser darts which are quieter than gun shots. It is becoming ever more challenging for the rangers on the ground to tackle the rising poaching threat as activity spreads beyond traditional poaching grounds.
What can we all do to support the war against poaching? Travel - make wildlife worth more alive than dead. Your stay contributes to the protection of the dwindling populations, as well as their local environment, and generates revenue for the local communities.