B5 Sable Twins - by CrazyAsian1 (Robert Chew)

“For a split second, time slowed to a crawl, as Natalie Mbotho exploded from the low brush to ambush her prey, a band of poachers roving through the park. Low hanging branches scratched at her skin as she rushed through the Bush, a carbon blade machete in each hand. She was immediately out paced by her twin partners, Mlungisi and Mondli, two proud grizzled Sable drones. Their curved horns caught the moonlight giving them the appearance of great sickles cutting through the night as they charged ahead.

She was a rogue, a vigilante, as they spoke of her and her colleagues on the encrypted ranger frequencies. Once a ranger herself, she had grown tired of seeing the poached animals, the corruption, and the poachers walking away free. Seeking to make a difference, Natalie went off the grid and took the fight directly to the source, busting small poaching groups and anonymously reporting animal sightings to anyone who would listen.

Everything changed when the twins found her. They represented a greater power at work within the reserve, a spirit within that wanted to fight back and protect the animals they represented. They were looking for a kindred soul to fight with them. Two years ago, she was recruited and she smiled at the thought of it, the wind rushing rushing past her face as she sprang in to join the only fight that really mattered to her.”

Photo by @amivitale. Last year, I photographed Samburu warriors from Sera in northern Kenya who had never seen rhinos before visiting Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (@lewa_wildlife). They were completely mesmerized by Lewa’s baby rhinos Nicky, Hope and Kilifi, and couldn’t wait to have the rhino reintroduced to their land.

Rhinos have not existed on Sera and much of northern Kenya since 1990, when the last one was shot by poachers. As a result, there is a whole generation in the area who likely have never seen a wild rhino. Only their grandfathers have memory of the iconic animals.
The dream to have rhinos back on this land where they once roamed in thousands has now come true — @lewa_wildlife, Northern Rangelands Trust (@nrt_kenya) and Kenya Wildlife Service (@kenyawildlifeservice) this week began a groundbreaking move to return the black rhino to Sera. This will be the first time in East Africa a local community will be responsible for the protection and management of the highly threatened species, an important shift in Kenya’s conservation efforts. The rhinos have been released into a highly protected sanctuary within the community conservancy.

The establishment of this sanctuary will increase tourism opportunities, enhance security as well as promote biodiversity in Sera. It is also a proud and emotional moment for the entire community - rhinos will no longer just be in the stories grandfathers tell.
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That is where former U.S. Army officer turned anti poaching enforcer Kinessa Johnson steps in. Recently she joined the ranks of Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife (“VETPAW”) as an anti-poaching advisor. Johnson and her fellow post-9/11 veterans train and support African anti-poaching rangers to prevent the extermination of keystone African wildlife, and the disastrous economic and environmental impact it would have.

“Pretty much everything [humans have] done to protect [elephants from ivory poachers] has failed. So elephants have decided to take matters into their own hands … or trunks or weirdly rounded three-toed feet or whatever. To make themselves less appealing to their greatest enemies (poachers), elephants all over the world have begun selecting against having tusks at all. For example, it used to be that only 2 to 5 percent of Asian male elephants were born without tusks, and you can believe those few were the belittled Dumbos of the group. By 2005, it was estimated that the tuskless population had risen to between 5 and 10 percent. And it’s not just happening in Asia, either. One African national park estimated their number of elephants born without tusks was as high as 38 percent.” #CrackedClassic

7 Animals That Are Evolving Right Before Our Eyes


In 2013 over 20,000 elephants were killed

In May of 2014 Mountain Bull was killed.

Yesterday, Satao The Elephant, a Kenyan icon, was killed by poachers.

Not to even mention the 68 elephants that were massacred in the Congo.

Kenya needs armed guards

Oh, and rhino populations have dropped 90% since 2008.


Flying Rhinos: Photos You Don’t See Every Day.

  These thick-skinned mammals, weighing up to 3,000 pounds each, were being transported to the Limpopo Province in South Africa. Led by the WWF’s Black Rhino Range Expansion Project, nearly 120 black rhinos have been relocated, with the hope that a new home will help protect the critically endangered species from poachers.

If they don’t have champions, they are doomed to disappear…doomed to disappear.

Indian labourers dig a pit to bury a one-horned rhino that was killed and dehorned by poachers at the Pobitora wildlife sanctuary, Gauhati, India. Forest officials gunned down two poachers after they killed the rhino inside the sanctuary while another escaped with the horn, according to forest officials. The price of rhino horn varies between US$65,000 and $100,000 a kilogram, about 2.5 times more than the value of a kilogram of gold | image by Anupam Nath

These are the rangers that we fund in Russia to protect the last 450 Amur tigers. These men face blizzard like conditions, are often faced with armed poachers and patrol an area the size of Britain. Their dedication and hard work pays off and they have reduced tiger poaching in this area by half. Help us fund this vital work by donating here: http://www.davidshepherd.org/help-us/tiger-time/donate/

Gorillas worked together to dismantle poachers’ trap

July, 2012. Astonishing picture of the young gorillas who worked together to dismantle the poachers’ trap that killed their friend.Just days after a poacher’s snare had killed one of their own, two young mountain gorillas have been spotted working together to take apart poachers traps.

Today our field staff observed several young gorillas from Kuryama’s group destroying snares!’ Veronica Vecellio, gorilla program coordinator at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s Karisoke Research Center, which is in the reserve where the event took place, blogged.

‘This is absolutely the first time that we’ve seen juveniles doing that,’ she told National Geographic.
Bush-meat hunters set thousands of rope-and-branch snares in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, where the mountain gorillas live.

For Animals.

The hunters become the hunted.

Turns out this badass American solider has turned her combat skills go protecting African Rhinos and elephants. This is because these species are very valuable assets to poachers who have decimated both of them across Africa.

She is a key part of VETPAW .

Who are VETPAW? Well …Veterans Empowered To Protect African Wildlife is to provide meaningful employment to skilled veterans and conserve critically endangered African species, their communities and their ecosystems.