The poor man living in a hut with a pregnant wife and 3 skeletal children. One perhaps with a tear running down a sunken cheek, the wife begging the husband to find them enough for a meal. Finally, in exasperation the man reluctantly sets off on a dangerous, one-time mission to take part in killing an elephant or rhino. The few dollars will feed his hungry family for a week (if he makes it back alive).
Is this what you imagine when you think of a poacher?
Think again. Although poverty is one aspect of poaching and can be a reason, it does not account for all of it. In fact, wealth is the driving force behind the most destructive killings: mainly our elephants and rhinos.
There are two types of poachers:
1) Subsistence Poachers – they target small game, have low technology…
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