Elephants are being slaughtered for their tusks. Well trained Rangers can stop the killing.
I read something this past year that opened my eyes to a tragedy. It was written by Rory Young on Quora.com. He wrote,
"Entire species are going extinct right now in an uncontrolled killing frenzy by poachers. Elephant graveyards are a very real and tragic reality. They are a result of the sickening and fast spreading practice of poachers poisoning waterholes. The new method of killing using poison is devastating. Very, very soon there will only be elephant graveyards to be seen and no more living elephants. The money generated by poaching is used to fund extremist groups and ruthless criminal organizations all over the world. There are direct links between poachers and drug, weapons and other traffickers. This is not just a problem "over there." It affects us all."
knew I had to do something, but I live in the middle of nowhere Iowa, what could I possibly do to stop elephant poaching in Africa? After introducing myself to Rory I asked if I could help. He said they were badly in need of everything and even a small amount
of funding could make a difference. I created a nonprofit organization and asked more friends of Rory Young to join. We call
our organization Chengeta Wildlife. In the Shona language, Chengeta means to look after or protect. Our board members are from ten different countries. It is a beautiful thing to be united in a cause with people from around our world. It shows that it doesn't
matter where you live or what your culture, religion, age, sex, or ability is. Anyone can get involved and make a difference.
Chengeta Wildlife is run entirely by volunteers, so our overhead costs are minuscule. Your donations go where they are desperately needed.
Why do we support the work of Rory Young? He is one of the best trackers in the world with incredible knowledge and skills gained over many years in the African bush. He has teamed up with Jacob Alekseyev, a retired Air Force Major who was with the This line from the movie "Taken" perfectly describes what Young and Alekseyev are to poachers. "What I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you."
The two men are writing an investigation/tracking guide for wildlife protection teams to use in the bush. Rory said, "The problem is nobody can find the poachers. That's what we focus on - finding them using investigation, surveillance and tracking."
Techniques given in the manual have been successfully tested, he explains, "There were eight poaching related incidents per week
in the Bumi concession area for a period of eight weeks prior to commencing work there. After assessing and building a plan with the conservation manager and training on patrol with the team, the
poaching was reduced to zero activity per week for a period of twelve weeks."
In January of 2014, Chengeta Wildlife financed our first training session. Rory trained fifteen men and once again, the techniques worked. Many poachers were tracked, found, and arrested during the training session. He spent eighteen hours a day training and patrolling with the men. The strategy to stop poachers in the area was laid out in detail. The results have been impressive, especially considering in each case there has been minimal added costs of personnel or equipment to achieve those results. It is a case of teaching already capable people in situ how to stop the poaching. After Young left the area, the teams continued patrols using the techniques they were taught and continue to be extremely successful.
In the past Rory Young has volunteered one week per month to wildlife protection team training. Because of the escalation of ivory poaching and because poaching is funding terrorist activity, the need to provide this specialized training/strategizing has
become urgent and he would like to do the work full time. Funds raised will support Rory Young and the ranger training program. If enough funding is available we will also provide the rangers advanced technological equipment like night vision goggles.
Chengeta Wildlife would like everyone who is protecting African elephants to have a copy of Jacob and Rory's field guide which will be printed in a pocket sized format so they can carry a copy with them in the bush.
We have sent a GoPro camera to Young. He records and uploads footage when he can. We will be sharing selected footage here, so come back often to see updates.
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A wildlife protection team in the Zambezi River Valley review their new strategy after training with Young in January of 2014.
One of the groups of poachers apprehended during the January 2014 in-patrol training funded by this initiative.
$20,000 will pay for two months of intensive training for the rangers. The funds will be used to compensate Rory Young at a fraction of his customary fee as a professional trainer/tracker. Any additional funding will go towards securing items such as communication equipment, night vision goggles, weaponry and ammunition needed to combat poaching and protect the wildlife and environment. With each $20,000.00 raised, another two months of training will be provided.
Chengeta Wildlife is run by volunteers. Funds will not be used to pay our workers.