How can we initiate change
An expedition led by the Wild and Free Foundation met with chiefs, elders, soccer players/rhino poachers, and community members in Mozambique to discuss a potential possibility that may benefit the community and save the rhinos.
The following video is an account of the events.
We arranged a meeting at Corumana, where we know we'll find our friends and soccer field, and where we want to include 30 individuals, including chiefs, elders, soccer players, rhino poachers, and other representatives of the community.
We're bringing what we believe to be four fantastic possibilities to the table for a community conversation.
The end aim is to have the community reject the requests of those who would pay them to kill a rhino, chop off his horns, and sell them.
We want to convey the new chance for rhinos right to the poachers themselves.
The soccer is important, and the soccer project is now active; our plans for the other three initiatives are sketchy, but we have some ideas about how they may pan out.
We are hoping to hear from the community so that we may tailor our efforts to meet their needs.
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. 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.
From their perspective of 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 is going to take time to change, but everything is positive.