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EP-126 Damien Mander

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Akashinga – The Brave Ones in the Zambezi Valley of Zimbabwe. Strong, brave women with super tough backgrounds have come together under the direction of Damien Mander, Founder of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (iapf.org) and are a force to be reckoned with. This podcast is about empowering women with hope and bringing positivity to their lives. 

Damien is doing this and as in any culture, the ripple effects of empowering these women is being felt not only amongst themselves, but it is having positive effects in their communities and the entire eco-system of that community.  This shift was met with loads of resistance, but Damien has pushed through every obstacle. 

You will learn more about his journey here. Learn about these incredible women, and then learn what you can do to help this movement continue.  I invite you to partake of this podcast and then decide what you can do from your corner of the world to be a conservationist. My hope is that we can all support the Akashinga Initiative.

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Australian born, Damien Mander is an anti-poaching activist and the founder of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF). He is a former Australian Royal Navy Clearance Diver and Special Operations military sniper. Mander advocates the use of military equipment and tactics for the purpose of protecting animals from poaching, including the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

Mander used his life savings and liquidated his investments and assets to fund the start-up and running costs of the IAPF which seeks to protect wildlife from poaching. He is also a director of the Conservation Guardians. An environmental and animal welfare activist, Mander believes that animals should be protected for both ethical and environmental reasons.

He is a vegan and has given talks against human encroachment on wilderness areas.

  • Website:   www.iapf.org

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