1 RIFLES Anti-Poaching Training Team arrives in Uganda

1 Rifles Anti-Poaching team in Uganda
1 Rifles Anti-Poaching training team arrive in Uganda. Photo: Facebook/TheRiflesRegiment

A second Anti-Poaching Training Team from 1 RIFLES has arrived in Uganda.

This new group of Riflemen are delivering leadership training to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority Rangers who patrol National Parks and protect local animals from illegal poaching.

On their first day the Riflemen learnt about the tools which poachers use and how best to stop them at one of the Uganda Wildlife Authority anti-trafficking storage facilities whaich enables them to provide secure storage for poaching exhibits such as wildlife products, snares, traps, spears and other weapons.

1 Rifles Anti-Poaching team in Uganda
The 1 Rifles Anti-Poaching training team in Uganda see some of the equipment used by poachers. Photo: Facebook/TheRiflesRegiment

The facilities also include a central decommissioning workshop with tools and equipment that allow rangers to destroy snares and traps.

1 Rifles Anti-Poaching team in Uganda
1 Rifles Anti-Poaching training team in Uganda. Photo: Facebook/TheRiflesRegiment

Funding for these facilities came from the British government, and there are now three such units in Kidepo Valley National Park, Murchison Falls and the Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area.

1 Rifles Anti-Poaching team in Uganda
Some of the poaching equipment used by poachers in Uganda. Photo: Facebook/TheRiflesRegiment

Working with the Uganda Conservation Trust, the British government has also funded the installation of solar lighting, water conservation tanks and pit latrines at the bases, in addition to geo-location cameras to enable rangers carry out 24 hour patrolling.

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