Pineas Kasaona explains how patrols by game guards help to counter poaching

Pineas Kasaona explains how patrols by game guards help to counter poaching

Position: Game guard since 2010, Anabeb Conservancy

Job responsibilities: Conduct patrols, raise awareness about wildlife in the area, use the event book monitoring system as one of the tools for natural resource management in the conservancy.

Pineas was, and is still a farmer. Before becoming a game guard, he hated predators, especially lions, because they are the source of most human wildlife conflict in the area. But since the formation of the conservancy, and after the awareness campaigns on the importance of wildlife, he understands the significant role predators play in the environment.

Our patrols help to counter poaching in the area. The community never knows where we are, but they constantly see fresh tracks and poachers retreat because they are not sure whether we are in the area or not. Even when they see the conservancy vehicle they are cautious about doing any illegal activities,” says Pineas.

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