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I recently returned from Zimbabwe where I connected with Charles Brightman of the Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit, who owns a private company contracted out by the government.

I had hoped to go out into the Bush with his armed team to search out poachers but the timing was not ideal.

However, Charles informed me that elephant and rhino poaching was just the tip of the iceberg. The problems with poachers are far deeper, including the poaching of fish and many species of trees.

Interestingly, in neighbouring Botswana, where poachers have sadly completely wiped out the herds of rhino, there has been an increase of 5% in the elephant population there.

Should readers require further information, Charles’ contact details can be found at vfapu.com or email csb@zol.co.zw.

Laurence Mitchell