OUR FOUNDING MEMBERS
Su Maberly, Program Manager at CWF, firstname.lastname@example.org, has a great love for wildlife and wild places. Born in Malawi, Su moved with her family to Zimbabwe as a young child and has spent most of her life here. She holds a degree in Statistics and has worked as a teacher, a data analyst, a Monitoring and Evaluation specialist and in various management roles. She has worked on projects with rural communities in land rehabilitation and agricultural development and was a partner in an organisation working on reforestation and anti-poaching in a former Campfire area.
At every opportunity Su escapes to wildlife areas in Zimbabwe – this is where she finds perspective and contentment. She and her four children have spent many happy holidays with friends and family in remote places living out of tents, absorbing knowledge and love for “the bush” by day and enjoying banter around campfires by night. Working in conservation is Su’s way of helping to ensure that future generations can enjoy the same!
Steve Alexander, Field Operations Manager at CWF, email@example.com, is a licensed Professional Guide and Hunter with an extensive knowledge of wildlife and conservation. He has had many years of experience running farms, estates and bush camps -including the training and management of the staff. He has designed and built safari camps and managed reserves and parks in four countries. Steve has set up and managed anti-poaching units and is experienced in shooting and weapons handling and training. He is also an experienced horseman, dog trainer and handler.
CWF scouts are highly trained in anti-poaching work: snare detection, poacher apprehension, tracking and anti-tracking, use of GPS and radio, recognising signs of poachers, map reading, spoor and wildlife identification, patrol methods, non-verbal communications and the use of Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART), a digital data logging system.
The scouts spend most of their time on anti-poaching patrols – in 2019 the foot patrols covered a total of 6,785 km. They record data (age and gender) of specific species that they encounter, including vultures. If they come across a carcass they inform their Manager who will perform a post mortem if possible. The scouts are called on to attend court as credible witnesses when poachers they arrested appear in court.
Thanks to the CWF scouts many snares have been collected and injured animals helped. A network of intelligence on wildlife crime has been established and as a result cyanide and other poisonings have been reacted to and poachers have been arrested, charged and sentenced.