Flipper the script: when poachers become turtle guardians
A look inside the scheme teaching people to protect endangered loggerheads and leatherbacks
Armed with his torch, infrared light, reflective vest, measuring tools and data-capturing equipment, Themba Qwabe prepares for his 12km patrol along the shores of a protected portion of coastline in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
“Tonight is a full moon, the beach will be well lit and these are the kind of conditions poachers love.”
For three seasons Qwabe, not a poacher himself, has been monitoring the coastline of Sodwana Bay in northern KwaZulu-Natal, ensuring that the annual nesting of loggerhead and leatherback turtles goes ahead without any disruptions...
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