Ex-Australian special forces sniper brings edge to anti-poaching in Africa

This article originally featured in The Skylark’s newsletter and was written as a condensed news in brief.

Damien Mander, an ex-Australian special forces sniper, has switched careers and now trains rangers across Africa on advanced anti-poaching techniques.

The 40 year old launched the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF) a decade ago, liquidising his assets and moving to the African continent.

Areas where he has trained rangers and teams have seen a 90% reduction in poaching of rhino in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa. Mander was the driving force behind the all women anti-poaching unit, the Akashinga (The Skylark week 48/19).

The 120-strong female unit has now made 140 arrests, with the group set to swell in its number to 280 by the end of 2020.

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