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Keep Animals Safe: Remove Poachers' Snares

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Wild animals are experiencing unnecessary pain and death because of snares. You can help.

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Each year, metal snares entrap thousands of African animals. Wild animals like giraffes, lions, elephants, rhinos and zebras are disappearing at alarming rates throughout Africa. Poaching for bushmeat and for trophies is one of the main causes. Poachers set wire traps, called snares, in the forests to indiscriminately catch and kill as many animals as possible. One poacher can set as many as twenty snares a day, and leave them up indefinitely. If these traps are not removed, the beautiful wild animals of Kenya will continue to vanish from the landscape.

Located in Kenya, the Anne K Taylor Fund hires rangers to help protect Africa's precious wildlife, removing deadly snares from the Kenyan Bush. Over 500 snares, on average, are removed each year by the team. It is vital that metal snares are discovered and destroyed, since one snare can be used over and over again to capture hundreds of animals during its lifespan.

You can help. $30.00 covers the complete cost of removing a deadly wire snare.

Report from the Field

July 2017

Donors like you helped remove approximately 34 snares! That saves at least 34 animals, but most likely more since snares are reused. One of the animals saved was a warthog that had gotten ensnared. The warthog had deep lacerations and the wounds were infected. The AKTF team removed the snare and treated his wounds. The warthog is now safe and sound in the bush.

May 2017

Donors like you helped fund the hiring and training of rangers to scout for poaching activity in Masai Mara. These rangers are local community members who have recognized the threats to their land and the future of their communities, and they've decided to do something about it. For instance, one evening, right before sunset, the AKTF anti-poaching team came upon a zebra caught in a wire snare. The snare had caught the zebra's neck, and was strangling it--cutting deep beneath the poor animal's skin and tissue. The team began removing the snare and treating the animal as darkness fell. Attracted to the smell and sound of an injured animal, hyenas began to arrive. They repeatedly tried to attack the zebra and the team, but the team bravely fended off the wild predators until the zebra was fit to walk. The team escorted the wounded animal back to a herd of nearby zebras where it would be safe


Anne Kent Taylor founded the Anne K. Taylor Fund (AKTF) in 1999, to find both short and long-term solutions that involve the Maasai communities in conservation efforts to protect their heritage and their futures. AKTF fulfills its mission through focusing on anti-poaching (in conjunction with local authorities), livestock enclosures, and education projects.

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