The western edge of Kruger National Park alone is home to 2 million impoverished people. The financial lure of poaching for ivory or bush meat is a quick fix to feed families.
But ivory poaching and wildlife trafficking destroys valuable ecosystems. It deprives Africa of sustainable economic development & obstructs poverty alleviation. Global security is threatened with drugs and terrorist groups using ivory poaching to fund activities.
Kruger’s animals are a massive part of South Africa’s economy through tourism and job creation. Today’s children will be the most affected by a future without them. Education plays a major role in addressing environmental issues, empowering children to lead the way against ending the wildlife trade for future generations.
In 2017 Pondoro game lodge in Balule, introduced PF to the Black Mambas Anti-poaching Unit and their initiative for environmental education. Inspired by the dedication of the people involved & as part of their own commitment to inclusive education the Foundation are proud to be supporting this investment in youth.