Maybe you haven't heard about a snare, but trust me, you wouldn't want to feel one around you. I've trained with the wildlife rangers at Murchison Falls National Park on a patrol to remove snares. I've walked through one as it tightened around my legs, the spikes digging into my flesh.
It was SO painful. Now imagine a lion walking through one, and having its paw, leg, abdomen caught in this deadly trap. Often they lose limbs, often they die. In Murchison we saw a lion with a snare wrapped around its abdomen, we saw elephants without trunks, we saw antelope with their hoofs amputated.
When we think about poaching, and wildlife and conservation, we need to think about things holistically. We need to realise every species play a part in keeping an ecosystem like Murchison healthy and protected, so my children and my children's children will always be able to visit the park and see the lions, elephants and antelopes that I did. But hopefully without snare wounds.
When we lose wildlife, the whole country loses. We lose the money and jobs that tourism brings, we lose our magnificent heritage that is unique to Uganda. Speak out against poaching, speak up about protecting our parks and wildlife. #poachingstealsfromusall
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