FROM THE FRONT LINES OF CONSERVATION IN ZIMBABWE: CONSERVATIONIST DAMIEN MANDER PRESENTS THE WORK OF IAPF, AND THE WOMEN WARRIORS OF THE AKASHINGA PROJECT.
This is a rare chance for you to be part of the solution, to hear about the activities putting a stop to poaching – shared with you by someone leading front line efforts to protect endangered species.
“Damien’s work and passion is nothing less than spectacular. Of the hundreds, perhaps thousands of lectures presented at The Explorer’s Club, Damine’s is one that all others endeavor to be like.”
-Will Roseman, Executive Director of The Explorer’s Club, NYC
Damien Mander & Vimbai Kumire – Frontlines of the Ivory Wars: Palm Beach
April 28 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT$30.00
Sunday Afternoon with Damien Mander, Founder of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation
& Vimbai Kumire, Akashinga Squad Leader
Discussing ‘Akashinga’ – Nature Protected by Women
3:30 pm Hors d’eouvres & Cocktails
4 pm Presentation followed by Q&A
Hosted by Kelly Vitko
All proceeds to benefit the International Anti Poaching Fountation
Please join us as Damien Mander discusses his journey from the self-described “ultimate boys club” of special forces to conservation, and the inspiring women of Akashinga he has trained to protect Africa’s ecosystem’s for future generations.
Former Australian navy clearance diver, special ops sniper, and Iraq war veteran Damien Mander founded IAPF in 2009, utilizing his military background to train rangers to protect Africa’s wildlife. IAPF is a multi-national not-for-profit conservation organization working to protect the dwindling elephant and rhino populations due to the poaching crisis.
In 2017, IAPF launched an all-female anti poaching unit called ‘AKASHINGA’, meaning ‘The Brave Ones’ in Shona, the native language of Zimbabwe. Akashinga is a new and innovative conservation model in an industry dominated by men. The Nature Conservancy states “that empowering women is the single biggest force for positive change in the world today.”
As seen on the BBC:
In 2017 Vimbai Kumire heard that the IAPF was recruiting women to be rangers. With her brother’s encouragement she applied and was deployed as a ranger in the pioneering Akashinga team.
Since becoming a ranger, she has consistently demonstrated her grit, discipline and leadership, resulting in her promotion to Sergeant and Squad Leader of Akashinga Ranger Team One. As a single mother of two, she can now afford a home, support her mother and send her children to school.
“If you do something wrong to my animals, I will catch you.” -Vimbai Kumire
WITH GRATITUDE, THE IAPF THANKS LESLIE SIEGEL FOR MAKING THIS EVENT POSSIBLE IN LOVING MEMORY OF HER MOTHER, IONA SEIGEL, ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS.
100% of ticket sales will benefit the International Anti-Poaching Foundation, a US registered 501c3.
To learn more go to IAPF.org