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Zimbabwe's 'Green Army' Protects Rhinos


November 14, 2011
Haru Mutasa / Al Jazeera

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. In Zimbabwe, a so-called 'Green army' is acquiring skills to track, intercept and capture poachers armed with AK-47s, axes and machetes.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2011/11/2011111217188256313.html

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.

Posted in accordance with Title 17, Section 107, US Code, for noncommercial, educational purposes.

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