Wednesday, March 14, 2012

New CSR Initiatives in Victoria Falls

Since its inception two years ago, the International Anti Poaching Foundation (IAPF) embarked on a mission to try and raise much needed funds in order to pursue awareness building and pro-bono training exercises in Africa. The intention being to educate communities, and train anti-poaching units across the continent in the conservation and ground techniques they need to counter and effectively thwart the currently superior poaching elements found here. These fundraising efforts are a key function for the foundation as most of the areas affected by the problem of poaching are far too poor to afford any sort of training for the purpose of preserving their threatened wildlife and natural resources. Despite major drawbacks and numerous difficulties, the IAPF has managed since then, to train over 200 individuals who all now are qualified as special Anti Poaching Rangers and are protecting huge areas against poachers in various parts of Zimbabwe. ……….
The IAPF presents a unique opportunity for volunteers to be a part of the solution to poaching in Africa. Your participation is what makes the difference and they need you now. The programme duration is a minimum of 1 night /2 days. Longer programmes of up to 5 days can be planned. Accommodation is on the banks of Lake Nakavango, 7kms from Victoria Falls, in a small tented camp. The large standing room tents can sleep 2 people. The unfenced environmentally friendly camp is complimented by a recreational area, basic toilet and showers and large open fire. Heart meals are prepared by the resident chef over the camp fire.

Guests are able to have an experience unlike anything thing else, as they will be able to take part in real time anti-poaching patrols with highly trained rangers as well as having the experience of being in a Big 5 (Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Rhino & Buffalo) game reserve. The program also improves bush skills such as tracking and identifying animals, birds and plants whilst actively preventing the poaching or Africa’s greatest and most unique asset – its wildlife. The main attraction is to monitor one of the most impressive animals in the world - the critically endangered Black Rhino on foot with armed rangers.
Guests contributions fund the free training of rangers from across the region that the IAPF provides.

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