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June 3, 2015

Chinese Expats in Kenya Tackle Poaching Head On

De-snaring event part of a collaboration with Humane Society International and local groups

Humane Society International

  • Volunteers with China House and the Africa Network for Animal Welfare attend to a wounded zebra. Photo courtesy of China House

  • A volunteer removes a snare trap set near a bush. Photo courtesy of China House

  • A volunteer looks for snare traps to remove. Photo courtesy of China House

  • Volunteers with China House, the Africa Network for Animal Welfare and a veterinarian with the Kenya Wildlife Service attend to a wounded zebra. Photo courtesy of China House

This week a group of 16 Chinese expatriates with Nairobi-based charity China House joined the Africa Network for Animal Welfare in a de-snaring project at Lake Naivasha area, about 90 miles north of Nairobi. The group found and rescued four injured zebras trapped by snares. A veterinarian from the Kenya Wildlife Service accompanying the group treated the injured animals.

This is the first time China House has led the Chinese community in Africa to a first-hand, up close experience of appreciating and protecting African wildlife. The innovative collaboration is part of Humane Society International’s project with China House to raise awareness on wildlife poaching and reducing the Chinese nationals’ involvement in the illegal wildlife trade in Africa.

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Iris Ho, wildlife program manager for HSI, said: “The Chinese participants came away with profound respect for the wildlife rangers and veterinarians who are on the front line protecting animals from poachers. Witnessing the first time these iconic animals fall under victims of snares set by poachers, the participants engendered renewed appreciation for the imperiled wild animals of Kenya.”  

Snares are commonly used by poachers to trap wild animals, often times for their bush meat or other parts. The group carefully combed through the area and removed snares set on the ground.

Media contact: Raúl Arce-Contreras, 301-721-6440, rcontreras@humanesociety.org 

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