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Bisbees Conservation Journal Q2 2015

The Back Story Bisbee Fish & Wildlife Conservation Fund (BF&WCF) has established an anti-poaching academy and Rhino/game breeding operation in the Limpopo area of South Africa – called Thaba NKWE (Mountain Leopard – in Sotho tribal language) in order to combat the serious problem of Rhino poaching for the illegal horn trade that has fast become an international dilemma. Demand for Rhino horn comes from the scientifically dismissed myth that there are medicinal and/or sexual enhancing capabilities inherent within the horn. Scientists and chemist have proven that there is no medicinal profit other than placebo. In just South Africa, where roughly 80% of Africa’s Rhino exist - 1,004 were illegally killed in (2013), 668 in (2012), 448 in (2011), 333 in (2011) and 122 in 2009. As at the end of 2014 — 1,215 Rhino were illegally killed. Rhino poaching is superseding births and Rhino will move from near extinction status to actual extinction – soon. BF&WCF’s aggressive campaign includes such projects as: • NKWE Tactical Training Academy – recruits, trains and provides commando style field ranger training in field survival, light arms qualification, surveillance, anti-poaching skills, CSI & private security on NKWE. • NKWE Rhino Breeding Program and THABA NKWE Preserve – 1,200-acre sanctuary with on-site security force to protect existing game and the growing new Rhino herd. • Collective Coop of adjoining and nearby ranches for the preservation of rhino and other wildlife – utilizing NKWE rangers. • NKWE Shooting & Live Tactical Ranges – government certified. • NKWE Lasershot Training Compound – Computer Simulated Tactical Situations on various weapon systems and confrontation/capture scenarios. • SMART (Spacial Monitoring and Reporting Tool) – Anti-poaching Software. • Helicopter, Light Aircraft, and Drone Surveillance and Response Capability. These are just a few of the programs and tools we have strategically implemented thus far and our efforts and synergy are increasing with phenomenal growth and cooperation among the global community. If you would like to know more go to BisbeeConservationFund.org and if you would like to donate click on the “donate” tab at the top right of the page. Join us in the war against this evil. BISBEE’S CONSERVATION JOURNAL Q2 • 2015 43


Bisbees Conservation Journal Q2 2015
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