This is a photo of Josphat (Jos) Ngonyo of the Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) demonstrating how snares work.

Poachers block paths to waterholes with thorny branches to divert the animals to the snare. The animal's head enters the noose, the animal panics and moves forward, struggling. Finally, the snare strangles it. If the animal knew to back up, it would be safe. We removed 62 snares in 6 hours, saving perhaps hundreds of animals because the poachers remove them from their kill and reuse them. We walked through the bush with two armed rangers to protect us from poachers, who we may have encountered, not wildlife. The rangers shoot poachers on sight, no questions asked.

Below is an image of most of the 62 snares we removed. The yellow and white plastics are the markers poachers use to locate where they've placed snares. Because of the way the snares were placed and their locations, we suspect that we came upon a commercial operation. We did find the decomposed head of an animal who met its death by poaching.



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