One of Grace Manga’s favorite activities as a wildlife ranger is tracking the footprints of poachers. She tells us that the team of rangers is almost always able to catch up with the culprits, regardless of the distance they have covered. When footprints or bicycle tracks are discovered, the rangers jump into their car and head in the direction of the tracks. In most cases, the poachers initially try to outrun the rangers, but eventually give in and surrender their weapons. She finds this process very exciting, explaining that “It always looks like a bush movie!”
Grace, 21, was born and raised in Kasigau, where her mother, grandmother, and 3-year-old daughter currently live. Grace has been working as a ranger for Wildlife Works Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project for a year and a half, and through this job has become the sole financial provider for her family, and has even been able to buy school uniforms for her daughter. We are happy to have female role models like Grace on our Wildlife Works team.
Like us, Grace believes that non-violent methods are the best means of reaching an agreement. Her experience as a ranger has taught her that dialogue is the best way to subdue poachers and colliers on the run, especially if they are armed. Grace and her team enjoy educating colliers on eco-charcoal in the hopes that they will embrace this new method in the future.
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Wildlife Works is the world’s leading REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), project development and management company with an effective approach to applying innovative market based solutions to the conservation of biodiversity. REDD+ was originated by the United Nations (UN) to help stop the destruction of the world’s forests.
Over a 15 year history Wildlife Works established a successful model that uses the emerging marketplace for REDD+ Carbon Offsets to protect threatened forests, wildlife, and communities.
The company helps local landowners in the developing world monetize their forest and biodiversity assets whether they are governments, communities, ownership groups, or private individuals.