$30,000 raised to fight poaching

via $30,000 raised to fight poaching – The Zimbabwean 14.10.2015

The war on poaching has been given a record $30,000 boost by a fundraising golf tournament, coordinated and sponsored by Africa Albida Tourism.

A total of 132 players, making up 33 teams, teed off for charity at the 15th annual fundraising Golf Day for the Victoria Falls Anti Poaching Unit (VFAPU) at Borrowdale Brooke Golf Club on October 2.

It was won by Blair Taberer and Munya Mudyanadzo, with teams including the Zimbabwe Special Olympics golfers sponsored by Delta Airlines, and ‘The Cats’, who took the best dressed team prize in matching fluorescent cat masks and ties.

A silver cuff by jeweller Patrick Mavros, specially designed for the event went for $1,100 at the auction. In addition five cricket souvenirs signed by top international players, donated by SAVE: African Rhino Foundation, each fetched between $2,000 and $3,250 under the hammer.

VFAPU has arrested nearly 700 hardened poachers since it was established in 1999. The unit, which works closely with the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and the Zimbabwe Republic Police, has also removed more than 22 000 wire snares from its operational area. In addition, 179 mammals, including buffalo, kudu, eland and impala, injured by snares have been treated and released back into the wild.

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    Doris 7 years ago

    Be careful – Rory Young was hounded out of Zimbabwe for wanting to train people on anti poaching. But well done. That is a phenomenal amount of money to raise amongst a handful of folk in Zimbabwe.

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    Nhasi 7 years ago

    If I kill a rhino and sell its horn, I’ll pocket USD$200 000. So what will I lose if I kill a rhino & then donate USD$30 000 to anti poaching? Its a noble cause, but we wont win it.

    This war involves government officials & presidents…