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The lesson is clear: Don’t poach!

I know some tough guys and some rugged hunters, but this young lady – wow!

kinessa johnson

Her name is Kinessa Johnson and she is part of an armed patrol that protects rhinos from poachers in Tanzania, that is, she hunts the hunters.

She’s part of VETPAW: VETPAW will empower African park rangers by training and implementing the skills that are vital to the success of anti-poaching efforts. Rangers will be able to cover vast areas more efficiently and effectively, with the goal of increasing the number of poachers deterred or detained. We will also support the adjoining communities by providing conservation education, poacher rehabilitation, and alternative employment opportunities tied to the ranger programs and agricultural initiatives.

Now, if you want to really see what kind of woman she is, then you have to watch this video. It is not hard to imagine those eyes focusing in on a target…

Some more on Kinessa and her mission here.

And Tanzania? It’s a wonderland of nature. 38% of its land area is protected and dedicated to conservation – I guess that means we can go on safari there with a good shot at seeing zebras and giraffes – considering that the country maintains 16 national parks AND a variety of game and forest reserves, including the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. That’s the one Jane Goodall used to hang out it. Gorilla friendly.

Or was in Western Tanzania at Gombe Stream National Park?

Either way, this East African country is blessed with all kinds of animal and plant habitats and terrains. That Serengeti that Toto sings about? In Tanzania – where you’ll find wildebeest running from lions. I should add that about 130 amphibian and over 275 reptile species call this place home, so respect it when you visit! Luckily, the country realizes the value of its wildlife and is taking the necessary precautions to protect it.

Keep up the good work, Kinessa.