Former Australian Sniper Works To Curb African Rhino Poaching

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 12:56pm

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A conservation ranger undergoes sniper training in the bush to curb poaching.

Though numbers indicate poaching of African rhinos has leveled off, the problem is still dramatic. Figures from Save the Rhino International show that two and half rhinos are killed every day in South Africa, often by poachers who want to take their horns and sell them.

Former Australian Royal Navy Clearance Diver and Special Ops Military Sniper Damien Mander made stopping poaching his goal as founder of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation.

The Show spoke with Mander alongside Vimbai Kumire, a member of Zimbabwe’s all-female ranger unit devoted to anti-poaching. The two of them are at Mesa Arts Center Wednesday night as part of the annual National Geographic Live speakers series.

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