As you read this, rhinos and elephants are being brutally killed by poachers. They are not being killed for their meat, but for the money made selling their tusks, horns and other body parts on the international black market. A poacher can earn $100K USD per elephant tusk, often leaving the animal to die in agony and rot. The tusks are destined for South East Asia, where they are sold as medicinal remedies for erectile dysfunction. In case that isn't clear, the last of the rhinos are being killed for dick pills.
I have spent 15 years in the army reserve. In my time I have deployed once to Bosnia and twice to Afghanistan. I also had the opportunity here in Canada to train alongside fellow soldiers from other nations. I recently met an officer from Botswana who told me about his missions in his own country stopping poachers. We stayed in touch and he constantly invites me to see these operations for myself. I intend to take his offer and not waste the tremendous opportunity to make a difference.
What I Need & What You Get
- Airfare and transportation costs.
- Cameras (an SLR, a primary HD video camera, and multiple go pros)
- Sound equipment
- Editing software
- Back up hardware
- GPS and sat phone
- additional funds will be directed at supporting the operators in the field with their specific needs
If my funding goals are not fully met, it would only affect the quality of the documentary and my ability to get better gear and funds to the anti poaching teams.
If they are exceeded I am open to exploring the possibility of registering a non profit organization to provide continuing support for anti poaching efforts.
If funds hit or exceed six figures, I intend to put funds towards UAVs for anti poaching surveillance.
I remember growing up the 80's being told the Humpback whale was on the verge of being hunted into extinction. Today, it is listed on wikipedia as 'least concern'. It is possible to make a difference.
I would like to add, that anti poaching is not about putting the needs of animals above human beings. Poachers are motivated by greed. Countries like Botswana have stable, growing economies. This is about soveirgnty, this is about cross border crime, about greed and over consumption. Nations like Botswana are aware that their future is eco tourism, a future that can't happen unless these animals are protected and the bush is made safe. Your contributions will go towards awareness via a documentary, and directly into the hands of the anti poacher units.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't make a donation, please pass on this campaign to others you know might be interested.
I would love some graphic design help.
Upon my return from Botswana, I would certainly appreciate offers to help with post production of the documentary, as well as promotion and distribution.