Making Habitats Safe for Wildlife and People
Snare traps are both a cruel and illegal method of hunting which poachers use to catch a variety of animals. Crafted of wire, when an animal struggles to escape the trap only tightens further and causes greater injury. Although many hunters set these traps for the abundant antelope or wild pigs, many endangered species including chimpanzees are killed or injured by these devices every year. Chimpanzees themselves are hunted for bushmeat and the illegal pet trade using these traps, orphaning many infant chimps. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 25% of chimpanzees living in Uganda suffer from a snare-related injury.
In order to fight this crime against wildlife and save potential victims, JGI employs community members to locate and remove these snares from the forest. Over 7,000 snares in 5 forests have been removed, and 18 interventions have taken place to remove chimps from traps. Many of these people are former poachers that used to make their living by setting the snares themselves. By providing the community with an alternative opportunity for income, we are offering an option to make a living saving these extraordinary animals instead of hunting them. Over 18 previous hunters have been trained to remove the snares and save wildlife.