Deadly Snares are Killing Off Africa's Wildlife
Poaching for the commercial bush meat trade may be the single greatest threat to wildlife populations in Africa. The most common method used by poachers to kill wildlife is wire snares. Placed on game trails, animals walk through the snares, which then pull tight around their necks or legs, causing strangulation and/or horrific wounds. Animals caught in snares suffer slow, painful deaths. Small animals such as porcupines and dik-diks as well as larger animals such as lions, giraffes, zebras and elephants are caught in snares everyday.
Located in Kenya, Wildlife Works employs highly skilled rangers to locate and destroy snares located within the Rukinga Wildlife Sanctuary. Encompassing 80,000 acres, the Rukinga Wildlife Sanctuary is home to 50 large mammal species, more than 20 species of bats and over 300 species of birds and important populations of IUCN Red List species such as African elephants, Grevy's zebras, cheetah and African hunting dogs. In order to protect the wildlife in Rukinga, rangers are needed to patrol the land and remove the thousands of snares that are placed inside the sanctuary every year.
You can help. Only $7.00 covers a local ranger's pay for one day.
GreaterGood.org has ultimate authority and discretion with regard to the distribution of its funds. All expenditures made are consistent with the exempt purposes of GreaterGood.org.
At Wildlife Works, the mission is clear: to provide people in wildlife-rich areas with sustainable economic alternatives to poaching and deforestation. When you buy a Wildlife Works product, you become an agent for conservation, and are wearing the brand that says you won't sit quietly while the last wild things in the last wild places disappear forever.
GreaterGood Network is proud to partner with Wildlife Works to bring you our special selection of high quality, conservation-minded products. Each exclusively designed garment is produced in Kenya at the Rukinga Sanctuary's fair-trade and carbon neutral EcoFactory in the Kasigau Corridor. This partnership creates jobs for the local population, which in turn ensures they can feed their families and send their children to school without relying on the destruction of crucial habitat -- home to such endangered species as Grevy's Zebra, Cheetah, Lion, African Wild Dog, as well as over 2,000 African Elephants.