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Damned if you do & damned if you don’t – Legalising the Rhino Horn Trade: Episode 2


‘Damned if you do & damned if you don’t’ – Legalising the Rhino Horn Trade: Episode 1


The IAPF in Vietnam


The IAPF recently embarked on a journey to Vietnam. We travelled there to gain a better understanding and perspective on the use of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine (TVM).

Our main focus of the trip was not only the use of rhino horn but the culture and beliefs in all Traditional Vietnamese Medicine.

Stay tuned in the coming week for a series of video blogs about the trip as we try to uncover some of the truth and myths about TVM. Tune into to our youtube channel or alternatively watch this blog space.


Encounters of the ‘LARGE’ kind

The “Big Five”. So called because they were apparently the most difficult and dangerous African mammals to hunt. Nowadays, things have changed slightly but they still remain some of the most difficult to conserve.

Here on the Stanley and Livingstone Game Reserve (SALGR) we’ve had our fair share of “Big Five” encounters lately. Lions roaring almost every night and recent sightings of brand new cubs, the buffalo herd exploding in numbers after the rains, a very cheeky elephant nicknamed “kloppers” by the rangers, an old tom leopard who occasionally allows you a glimpse as he slinks back into the bush and of course, our resident rhinos.

It’s these experiences, exciting and often heart stopping at the same time, which keeps us doing what we do. It’s not just the famous species that need protecting though. In order to save one, you have to work from the ground up. Literally. That’s why this is a very important time for us out here. Once the rains stop and the temperature begins to drop, we enter a new season and a have to tackle a new threat… wild fires. Grading the roads, controlling erosion and making sure that our fire guards are well maintained is a big part of the work that needs to be done in the coming months. Uncontrolled fires can have a huge detrimental effect on a property such as this one. They spread quickly through the dry grass, removing food sources for the game and exposing the soil to the harsh sun and winds. This can lower the quality and quantity of next year’s growth and it may be years before we’re able to restore things to the natural balance needed. No soil equals no plants, which equals no animals. It’s as simple as that.

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We’ve progressed well with our vegetation study, and now it’s time to put some of that work into action. We couldn’t have done this of course without help from all of our volunteers to whom we owe huge thanks. Their hard work and dedication has allowed us to thrive and continue on with our goals. So from the IAPF, the SALGR staff and all the animals here in the bush, thank you.

You can keep up to date on everything happening at the IAPF through this blog. For those of you who would like more information on the Green Army program or want to make a commitment, please head over to our website or email steve@iapf.org or james.slade@iapf.org. Come and join us, and see what all the excitement is about for yourself.

James Slade

Game Ranger & Green Army co-ordinator

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IAPF Fundraisers

The IAPF has a number of fundraising events taking place in the month of April.  If you’re in the area, then we urge you to come along and show your support.

Firstly, on the 19thof April at the Yacht Club de Monaco,  we will host ‘Rocking for Rhinos,’ a fundraiser for much needed funds for ‘Conservation Guardians’ a conservation initiative between IAPF, and Men of Trees.

Rocking for Rhinos

The event will feature auctions of various rhino artwork and memorabilia, in particular a Larry Norton original painting named,  ‘2016’.

The painting is a picture of a pair of black rhinos on top of the Chizarira escarpment, part of Chizarira National Park. This is significant as Black rhino have been locally extinct in that area for nearly 20 years.

“Chizarira 2016, Mother and Child”

The plan is to turn the painting into a reality with IAPF, in conjunction with the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, set to resurrect the aging park and restore it to its former glory.  This includes the re-introduction of black rhino into the park over the coming years.

For more information on the fundraiser head to the Conservation Guardians blog.

On Friday the 19th of April, the IAPF is holding it’s first ever fundraising event in Zimbabwe. The black tie event will be held at the Mystique Function Centre in Bulawayo.

The focus of the fundraising dinner is Chizarira National Park. We have acquired two Land rovers,  4×4’s that are in a state of disrepair. The funds raised will go into re-conditioning one, if not both vehicles, so they can be used in anti-poaching operations in the area

Bulawayo fundraiser

Local Zimbabwean favourites ‘The Chikenbus Band’ will be entertaining the crowd and there will also be the auctioning of various pieces for the cause.

Tickets are $65. For more information or bookings contact Kirsty from Gardens and Events events@qualityservice.com

From all of us at the IAPF have a Happy Easter and hopefully we will see you at one of the events!


IAPF in the media

As the poaching epidemic that has gripped the planet increases at an alarming rate, more awareness needs to be raised about how critical the situation is on the ground.

However, in a day and age when news and information can be transmitted so quickly, across so many different formats, there is potential for stories to become distorted or misreported. It is therefore the aim of the IAPF to get the correct facts to the right people, which allow them to report accurately on the situation.

The key to winning this war is awareness. The media is one of the best tools that the conservation community has in it arsenal.

Here are some of the latest articles about the IAPF’s activities. I urge you to share these with you friends so we can involve more people in the struggle.

Damien Mander on Channel Ten’s ‘The Project’

If you manage to miss it, or for our overseas supporters, Click here to see the interview in full.

IAPF feature in “Rhino Wars” National Geographic article

“The rifle shot boomed through the darkening forest just as Damien Mander arrived at his campfire after a long day training game ranger recruits in western Zimbabwe’s Nakavango game reserve” 

The IAPF is featured in the March 2012 issue of National Geographic, in an article entitled Rhino Wars.

Voice of America radio interview with Damien Mander

Special Forces operative teaches military tactics to wildlife rangers Jan 30, 2012 Online article and Radio Interview with Damien Mander on Voice of America – heard daily by 123 million people in 44 countries, VoA is one of the worlds biggest radio networks. Click here to listen to the interview

Green Army – The IAPF on Aljazeera – November 12, 2011

One of the world biggest and most respected news network Al Jazeera travelled to Zimbabweto film a feature story about the IAPF’s fight to save the black rhino and their Green Army of Rangers


Never work with children or animals!


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