Africa is where the frontlines are being drawn in the illegal elephant ivory trade. Come and hear the story of the battle being waged and the unique approach from the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (www.iapf.org) which is having devastating effects on poaching syndicates in Zimbabwe through the empowerment of women and local communities.
6pm Wine & Appetizers
6:30pm Presentation followed by Q&A
Damien spent his 20s in the Royal Australian Navy, risking his life to protect others – first as a Naval clearance diver, then as a sniper in an elite special forces unit. By 2009, burned out after three years in Iraq, he bought a one-way ticket to Africa for his next mission: Military skills to fight poaching.
For 7 years the team fought for wildlife using traditional methods. It worked but Mander felt it was not sustainable, believing there had to be another way. By 2017 and frustrated, he found himself forming the first nature reserve in the world to be managed and protected by women.
The recruits were survivors of domestic violence, single mothers, abandoned wives, and AIDS orphans. The instructors were skeptical, but the results spoke for themselves, as along the way the team made more than 100 arrests. Opinions and stereotypes were rapidly shattered in the male-dominated industry.
Hear about the team’s efforts in helping to protect the world’s second largest elephant population in Zimbabwe.
Ticket entry includes: meeting Damien and his presentation on helping to protect the worlds second largest elephant population, Q&A, wine and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as an array of hors d’oeuvres
Recent media on IAPF and the Akashinga program you will hear about during Damien’s visit: