The difficult truth about poaching

The difficult truth about poaching
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Greedy. Cruel. Heartless.

This is the image many of us will have when we think about poachers. South African filmmaker James Walsh became frustrated that only one side of the poaching story was being told.

"Conservation films tend to focus on what happens in the nature reserve, within the boundaries of a fence, and in South Africa that tends to be a very white-man-khaki-dominated narrative," he says. He says this focus on conservation "inside the fence" ignores the realities of life for the people who live on the boundaries of South Africa's nature reserves. In the last 100 years, many rural communities were uprooted from their land to make way for reserves.

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