AKASHINGA

TheBRAVE    ONES

MEET THE WOMEN SAVING AFRICA’S WILDLIFE

AFRICA'S FIRST ARMED, PLANT-BASED, ALL-WOMEN ANTI-POACHING UNIT

Africa’s first armed, plant-based, all-women anti-poaching unit is revolutionising the way that animals are protected – and arresting poachers without firing a single shot.

We believe change happens when it’s community-led and who better to lead change within a community than the women that have protected it for all this time.

OUR APPROACH

IAPF’s innovative approach to conservation calls for community 
buy-in rather than full-on armed assault against poachers:

If a community understands the economic benefits of preserving animals, then it will eliminate poaching without an armed struggle.

30%

In seven years elephant populations plummeted by 30% across the continent, largely due to poaching.

80%

Where the IAPF operates, poaching is eliminated
 by over 80%

MORE THAN CONSERVATION AND PROTECTION

Akashinga is more than animal conservation and protection, life for many of the Akashinga women now means the ability to buy property, build a house, send their children to school, get a driver’s licence, finish high school, enrol in college and thoroughly 
provide for their families.

THE TRAINING

These women aren’t called
 the ‘Brave Ones' for no reason, they have already overcome abuse, marginalisation and trauma. Now they are empowered to protect themselves and the majestic African animals
 under constant threat.

Our training is tough, we ensure our
 rangers are prepared for the task in front
 of them. We put them through the four pillars of misery - hunger, exhaustion, cold and
 wet modelled after special forces training, and they succeed.



Even $10 a month can make a huge difference.

This program is truly supporting the community and protecting
 an ecosystem under severe threat. But we need your help, 
we can’t do it alone.

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