Instagram – October 19th, 2018

When wildlife poaching comes to mind, most people think of a group of poachers tracking animals with high-powered rifles. But there’s a forgotten side to this story too – snares.
A snare is nothing more than a rudimentary piece of wire, shaped into a loop, anchored down and placed in an area of high animal activity with the sole purpose of killing wildlife. Whilst they are mostly used to catch (and kill) bushmeat, often as a means of sustenance for rural communities, their impact is huge.
This herd of ellies was lucky and the little calf that got trapped in a snare was rescued and reunited with his family. But many other aren’t so lucky and snares continue to be one of the biggest killers across Africa. Together we must #spreadtheword and help #bethechange

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A young elephant has been rescued and reunited with its family after it was caught in a wire snare in Liwonde National Park in Malawi. This heart-warming photo shows the herd rushing towards the calf after the snare was safely removed. A tourist had spotted the injured elephant and alerted the park’s staff and @lilongwewildlife‘s Wildlife Emergency Response Unit. The calf was tranquilised, and the snare was removed as its family waited close by. The team on the ground was able to witness the emotional reunion with its family. Liwonde’s rangers have removed more than 31,000 snares since we assumed management of the park in 2015. Wire snares used for poaching pose a serious threat to wildlife across Africa. Snares are simple, cheap, easy to make and set, but nearly impossible to escape as anything walking in their path can get caught. The removal of these snares and the prevention of setting them in the first place is vital to ensuring that wildlife remains safe, free of harm, and can breed and thrive. Thank you to our partners, the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, for helping us ensure that this little calf lives long into the future. Photo: @lilongwewildlife #AfricanParks #Wildlife #Rescue #Elephant #Forceforgood #AfricanParksNetwork #Liwonde #Malawi #elephant