One woman’s mission to turn poachers into rangers

Josephine Ekiru addressing some of the reformed poachers in Isiolo County. Many of the reformed poachers have now been absorbed into community conservancies where the play the role of game rangers. Photo/BONIFACE MWANGI

What you need to know:

  • Even before poaching in Kenya rose to levels so shocking that this week campaigners asked the President to declare it a national disaster, Josephine Ekiru, 27, had decided to confront the problem head-on.

In the fight against poaching, sophisticated weapons reign, military-type tactics rule and glitzy media campaigns dominate. But it is in this complex and dangerous arena that one brave woman decided to venture, armed only with unflinching determination and the power of persuasion.

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