AKASHINGA: THE BRAVE ONES

AKASHINGA: THE BRAVE ONES

2020 (USA) 13 minutes
Directed by: Maria Wilhelm
Executive Producer: James Cameron


With many of Africa’s species reaching levels near extinction, Akashinga is a radical, new and highly effective weapon against poaching. Founded in Zimbabwe by anti-poaching leader Damien Mander, the women-only team of rangers, drawn from the abused and marginalised, is revolutionising the way animals are protected, communities are empowered— and its members’ own lives are being transformed. Mander’s innovative approach to conservation calls for community buy-in rather than full-on armed assault against poachers. If a community understands the economic benefits of preserving animals, then it will eliminate poaching without an armed struggle. 

Courtesy of National Geographic Films

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