Akashinga, meaning ‘the Brave Ones’, is a conservation model by the International Anti-Poaching Foundation. It is powered by a strong team of disadvantaged women. While “working with rather than against the local population”, the aim is to protect wildlife and wilderness areas. The project provides an alternative to poaching and at the same time, supports local communities.
Currently, trophy hunting regions consume one-sixth of land in participating countries. In the last two decades, the lion population in Africa has fallen 30%. Similarly, rhino populations have seen a decline from half a million to a mere 5,000. Thankfully, increasing awareness has resulted in a decline of the industry. However, this has left a space within communities who have previously relied on income from trophy hunters. That’s where Akashinga comes in.
Armed with rifles suitable for close-quarter combat (yet with enough precision to bring down enemies at 500 meters), the group operate in Zimbabwe’s lower Zambezi Valley- Africa’s poaching frontline. The …