Photo Credit: Michigan State University/Snares to Wares

Conserving wildlife by empowering local communities



Wire snaring is a considerable problem for wildlife conservation: extreme poverty among local community members has led to wire snaring for bushmeat. Lack of access to employment and abject poverty lead some people to poach wildlife for meat. This has become a rapidly expanding activity across the world, occurring at a global peak in Uganda.

Wire snares are taken into Murchison Falls National Park and anchored to trees across frequented wildlife trails. Though the intended targets of this activity are typically antelope, wire snares are indiscriminate and capture both target and non-target species.


  • Increase the survival and reproduction of lions and giraffes;
  • Improve the well-being of local people by increasing the opportunity for alternative revenue generation.


  • Remove wire snares from the park;
  • Provide artistic training to local community members (75% of which are reformed poachers) that will enable them to create and sell sculptures of wildlife;
  • Monitor the effect of these efforts on lion and giraffe population dynamics and human well-being;
  • Train host country students to PhD-level so that they can be future conservation leaders.

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