Zimbabwe’s ‘Green Army’ Protects Rhinos

November 13th, 2011 - by admin

Haru Mutasa / Al Jazeera – 2011-11-13 23:36:39


Ex-soldier Trains Zimbabweans
To Save Rhinos

VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe (November 12, 2011) — The illegal trafficking of wildlife and animal products is the third-largest criminal industry in the world where black rhinos are particularly prized by poachers.

Numbers have dwindled from 100,000 in the 1960s to less than 4,000 today. But now a former soldier is using his military skills honed in Iraq to train a group of green rangers to save them.

In a military base in the middle of a game reserve a ‘green army’ is trying to turn the tide, having already caught poachers armed with AK- 47s, axes, knives and machetes.

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