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Petronella Chigumbura, the star sniper of the squad, wears a full camouflage suit for solo night patrols. 

Wow, I would think Patrolling at night with animals that will kill you and eat you would be a far greater danger than the poachers.

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This is a great program. Poaching and habitat destruction are the main cause for African animals being wiped out. Without units like this being willing to step into the line of fire, these animals will be gone in no time. It's expensive though and a lot of places outside the national parks have a hard time funding these units. 

Hunting seems to be the best way to help pay for these types of anti-poaching units.  Eco tourism helps, but a single hunter (on average) spends 7 - 10 times as much as a tourist and usually in remote locations far from the national parks. 

The saying in Africa is "if it pays, it stays"... in other words, if the animals have a value as a renewable resource for hunters and tourists (or even as a commodity) then Africans will protect these animals and the habitats they live in. If not, the wildlife will quickly disappear (see Kenya).

So, do your part... Go Hunt in Africa! It's cheaper and easier than you think.

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At a guess, probably a few. Check this out: https://www.iapf.org/jun19-ivory-poachers-sentenced/

According to this they are kicking in doors and arresting bad guys... 51 arrests since October 2017. Poaching can be big money, so these guys they are taking down can be pretty serious criminals. I don't expect they are gentle.

I was visiting a private reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park a few years ago and marveled at how many rhino they had. I asked one of the guides why they had so many... he just smiled and after a quick look around confided that "We just kill poachers, so they stay away. Other units don't, so no rhino."


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