Help Save Hundreds of African Animals from Snares!

By Claire Kaufman, Environmental and Sustainability Program Manager

African animals are facing a crisis as more and more fall victim to snares set by poachers. But thanks to YOUR support, rangers from the Anne K. Taylor Fund (AKTF) have been able to save animals like giraffes, lions, elephants, rhinos, warthogs, and wildebeests from excruciating deaths at the mercy of brutal traps.

The AKTF team treating a wounded elephant caught by a snare. Credit: AKTF


Here’s a story from the field of one very lucky zebra:

One evening, right before sunset, the AKTF anti-poaching team came upon a zebra caught in a wire snare. The snare had caught the zebra’s neck and was strangling it, cutting deep beneath the poor animal’s skin and tissue. The team began removing the trap and treating the animal as darkness fell. Attracted to the smell and sound of an injured animal, hyenas began to arrive. They repeatedly tried to attack the zebra and the team, but the team bravely fended off the wild predators until the zebra was fit to walk. The team then escorted the wounded animal back to a herd of nearby zebras where it would be safe.

The AKTF team cutting a wildebeest free from a poacher’s snare. Credit: AKTF

Thanks to your support, this team can remove over 500 snares each year. It is vital that metal snares are discovered and destroyed—one snare can be used over and over to capture hundreds of animals during its lifespan.

With your help, we can continue to save wild animals in Africa from poachers’ snares. You can make the difference between life and death for hundreds of endangered African animals! Click here to donate.

Ranger from the anti-poaching team with snares removed from the bush. Credit: AKTF


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by Claire Kaufman, August 8, 2017