“We go in the areas where no one else can and where poachers might hide,” said Elvis Meshilieki, commander of the Foot Patrol Unit.
Elvis and the Kilimanjaro Foot Patrol average 10-15 kilometers a day, but have trekked up to 35 kilometers when called upon. Their efforts have quickly translated into results, including the arrests of poachers, dismantling of snares, and recovery of hidden ivory on the mountain.
“We hope to receive more training and better equipment so we can increase our efforts even more,” said Meshilieki. “The forests and animals of Kilimanjaro should be better protected.”