𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝟮 𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮.
WARNING: this story contains visuals of hunting and animals in distress.
In the Cape Peninsula and Boland, poachers are targeting small wild animals, killing them for the pot or for use in traditional medicine. Carte Blanche investigates rising tensions between poachers, conservationists, and nature-loving residents in post-pandemic Cape Town as we set out with rangers. Scattered across SANParks Table Mountain National Park, we uncover these rudimentary devices, shaped into loops, that have proliferated in recent years. Small animals like mongoose, guinea fowl, Cape grysbok, and caracal come forage surprisingly close to suburban Cape Town, bringing poaching that much closer to home. We speak to various role players about this polarising and illegal practice.
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