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ready for them. This work is very dangerous but it is worth it to protect these Rhinos and our jobs to provide for our families. BCF: What are the biggest financial needs of Nkwe? Lucky Mabela: We need more firearms and we need binoculars and other things that will help us see the poachers at night. These poachers only come at night and often use the moon. If we cannot see them then we cannot know how many they are and what guns they are carrying. Even at night with a moon we can see and watch the Rhino, having binoculars we can identify each Rhino and see better the condition of the Rhino. We need to see the poachers at night and also for where they are putting snares or hunting the poachers with dogs. The Rangers also need to get good salaries so there can be no Rangers that will give out information about our patrols and where we are patrolling. The Rhino horn pays for mapimpis (informers) as they get a lot of money for this information and the poachers get paid well for the horn, money gives them power to buy people and Rangers for this information. This Ranger work is very hard and only strong people like us can do this job, when we get paid well it helps us to deal with life as we know when we are struggling living in the bush that our families are well looked after, we have peace of mind and we can do our jobs. BCF: What would you like to tell the people from all over the world, what is on your heart? Lucky Mabela: How can we stop this poaching unless we get help from people who care about the Rhino? My heart is heavy as we don’t trust this government and if we shoot a poacher we can go to jail, here the skabenga (criminal) has too many rights. In Zimbabwe the Police beat the skabengas, here they talk nice and even give him nice food in jail. This is Africa and it needs African justice to deal with these Fongkong (Chinese/Vietnamese) people who come steal and kill our Rhino’s. With money you can do anything, the Rhino horns will pay the skabengas to have power, we also need power and we need support from Bisbee’s Fish & Wildlife Conservation Fund to give us more power to fight the poachers. Without money and support we will not have the power to fight the poachers. 84 BISBEE’S CONSERVATION JOURNAL Q1/Q2 • 2016


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