Sunday, 16 November 2014

Born Free Foundation outwits the poachers, crusading to remove snares in Kenya



MERU NATIONAL PARK 


Saturday 15 November 2014

The stench of flesh rotting under the hot African sun hits before it reveals itself as a carcass and sun-bleached bones of a dead giraffe.

A closer inspection of the rotting remains reveals the metal snare. The animal has been poached, and lies forlornly at the bottom of a dried-out riverbed in the heart of Kenya’s Meru National Park.

Caught by a simple looped piece of wire, it most likely struggled itself to death before the hyenas came. The two-year-old creature the latest victim of a wave of bushmeat poaching that is “destroying the food chain” for lions and big game in the region.

Standing nearby is the actress and wildlife campaigner Virginia McKenna. Aged 83, she is in Meru on the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Born Free Foundation to launch a new anti-poaching scheme.

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