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Wildlife doesn’t need much to survive; enough food and water, and a safe and intact ecosystem. Adapting to a precarious backyard bisected by human development and dotted with homemade booby traps fashioned from wire is one of their biggest challenges.
Locals have hunted bushmeat on a subsistence basis for eons, and a commercial, urbanized trade is escalating in response to growing populations, food insecurity, drought, high levels of unemployment, habitat fragmentation and urban development. Subsistence snaring also is a gateway into commercial poaching: as poachers become more successful in harvesting bushmeat, they often turn to poison and firearms to obtain ivory, rhino horn and larger amounts of meat for commercial sale.
Snare removal has become Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust’s calling and remains at the forefront of our rescue and rehabilitation efforts. And in the face of crippling poverty and increasing human populations, solutions will not come easily as the business of snaring grows.
Here, our Wildlife and Research Manager Roger Parry talks about the important work Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust is doing with Snare Removal, Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation. Enjoy!

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