Adventure Guidance

WITH YOUR ADVENTURE GUIDE – DERMOT 

Hi Crusaders!

My name is Dermot and I am your adventure guide. Over the last few years, I have spent a lot of time working alongside and training Anti-Poaching Units out in South Africa whose job it is to protect the wildlife that live on their reserves in particular the rhino.

(In the photos you can see Dermot in action. Some of the people have to pretend to be poachers, so they can practise their training.)

Unfortunately, there are people in the world who want to take the horn of the rhino as they think it has medicinal value or that it makes them wealthy, but we all know that the only thing on this planet that should have a rhino horn is a rhino!

Anti-Poaching Units are the most dedicated men and women who put their lives on the line in order to protect rhino and other animals from poachers. They are usually working in small reams tat have to protect very big game reserves which means that they have to be very physically fit as one of their main jobs is patrolling. Patrolling means they are looking for suspicious activity within the reserve that could be potential poachers. So the Anti-Poaching Unit is looking out for things like damage to the perimeter fence, spoor(footprints) or any items the poachers may have left behind. If they find any suspicious activity, then it’s their job to track the poachers then find and arrest them. This is an extremely dangerous job because often the poachers are armed!

But what makes this job even more dangerous is that the Anti-Poaching Units are patrolling through the bush with some of the most dangerous animals on the planet around them. They have to be highly vigilant, always scanning the area for wildlife. You don’t want to end up bumping into an angry buffalo or a hungry lion or it may be the last patrol you go on!

 What’s more is that these patrols can go on for hours, literally walking for miles, so it is important for the Anti-Poaching Units to carry all the equipment that they will need. This includes food and water, first aid kits and their own weapons. Add to the mix the blistering African sun and you have an even bigger challenge on your hands!

But what about your challenge?

I want you guys to head out on your own wildlife patrols. You must pack everything you need, so food and water, a note pad and your parents! If it is possible then try to track the distance covered and see how far you can go on your patrol. The further the better! Whilst you are out there make sure you are looking out for wildlife. Chances are you won’t be bumping into elephants on your patrol, but you will probably see many different birds and you may even find a fox or some deer. Make a note of any animals that you find along your patrol.

Also, be on the look out for any spoor (tracks) and if you can, take a photo. This could be human tracks or tracks of animals like badgers or dogs. Good areas to check for tracks are muddy paths or near puddles and ponds. If you can successfully identify what the tracks are then you are doing a great job as an Anti-Poaching Ranger.

So, you get an idea of how hard it is to be an Anti-Poaching Ranger whilst you are on your patrols I’d like you to complete 100 star jumps across the whole of your patrol. These don’t have to be all at once, you can do them in sets of 10 along your patrol. It’s completely up to you guys as long as you get them done!

So, there is your challenge, go out and enjoy yourselves and start to think like an Anti-Poaching Ranger. If you can then send us any photos of your patrol, including distance covered and any pictures or notetaking of any wildlife or spoor that you found we may be able to include them in The Crash Gallery. Prizes will be awarded for the most successful Anti-Poaching Patrols!

GOOD LUCK CRUSADERS!

The Crash