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Uganda: Bushmeat poachers repent

To save Uganda's chimpanzees, former poachers are going on a hunt to find wire traps inside the country's largest tropical rainforest.

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This week on Down to Earth we meet the unlikely troop safeguarding Uganda’s chimpanzees. Today, former poachers are "hunting the hunters" who set snares across the nation’s protected rainforests. The wire traps are the biggest threat to the thousands of chimpanzees that become caught in the snares and are either permanently wounded or die.

At the Budongo Conservation Field Station, the team is now taking efforts a step further. Local hunters are being encouraged to hand over their snares in return for receiving goats to rear and breed.

But not everyone is convinced, and certain poachers refuse to surrender.

For more information:

Budongo Conservation Field Station

The Jane Goodall Institute

2014-01-20 01:26-SUSTAINABLE MINUTE

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