ICORP ANTI-POACHING UNIT MOZAMBIQUE
This small group of heroes is working in the Greater Lebombo Conservancy which stretches over 100 000 hectares along the eastern boundary of the Kruger National Park. Tucked into a northern sector of this area, the International Coalition of Rhino Protection (ICORP) supports our anti-poaching team in the daily struggle against the poaching of rhinos and elephants.
Wave upon wave of armed and dangerous poaching gangs are killing rhinos to smuggle their horns to Vietnam. Elephants are also slaughtered and their ivory tusks smuggled up into the southern part of Sudan where they are traded against arms and ammunition to fund women, children and drug trafficking.
ICORP’s APU stands in the gap; acting as a stopper and buffer, cutting off poaching infiltration, and monitoring this area of Mozambique which is being used as a springboard into the greater Kruger National Park. On the Lebombo Reserve, snaring happens on a massive scale so that meat can be dried and used as rations for the rhino poachers. These poachers spend days at a time in areas where rhinos and elephants are found, patiently waiting to strike. With a single rhino horn costing $75 000 per kg, and ivory worth more than gold per ounce, these criminals will not give up.
Rhinos are now extinct in most parts of far Southern to central Africa, and can only be found in small populations in some reserves and National Parks in Southern Africa. Many Anti-Poaching Units (APUs) are working 24/7 trying to offer the best security for these animals against well-funded and established mafia-style gang networks who are unfortunately often protected by corrupt government officials (from customs, and border control to the police and Magistrates).
Our team needs to be well equipped and supported. Its members risk their lives daily and are away from their families for long periods at a time. Their needs are real and we rely heavily on the good-natured folks out there to step up and become friends of our APU team. We are putting in place our newly formed K9 (trained dog unit). We need to build additional kennels, get the best food for our working K9s and ensure that our handlers receive the best training. ICORP will be building a training facility to train more local Mozambique citizens to become guardians of their own wildlife. This is one of many top priority projects which need to be developed and implemented at our base.
We have made a commitment to this cause and are determined to achieve the best outcome for our wildlife.
Become part of the solution, and walk a journey with ICORP’s APU in Mozambique