The Wild and Free Foundation team visited Mozambique to meet with the community - chiefs, elders, soccer players/rhino poachers and community members - to speak to them about an opportunity we believe will uplift the community while saving the rhinos. Here is how it went.
All right so now we're driving to Corumana where we have the soccer field and have our friends and what we're trying to do today we have a meeting and we're bringing in 30 people; Chiefs, elders, soccer player/rhino poachers and just community members and community leaders. We're going to have a discussion and we're bringing what we think are our four great opportunities to the community. The ultimate goal is so the community says no to the people that come to them and ask them to go kill a rhino, cut off his horns and get paid for it. So, we're going straight to the heart of the rhino poachers and bringing the new opportunity, the soccer is a big deal and the soccer is a project that's going to run now and in the next three projects are visions which we have an idea on how they might work we want to get feedback and plan according to the community wants.
Once again it is a big day for us here, today, it's a big opportunity and we can only move forward if we work together.
Yeah, we've got the leaders, a lot of the leaders are gathered here and that is a very positive thing. Now we can move forward, we know now what is going on, it's all about trust. In their perspective to poaching it's about how they see a result when they get paid for killing an animal and they don't see all the benefits, the value in wildlife and that is going to take time but everything is positive.