Nyungwe poachers turn game keepers

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A group of former poachers from the Nyungwe National Park have now formed a Flora and Fauna Association under which they intend to pursue revenue-generating projects and make a sustainable living.

The group was assured by the staff of the national park that they can qualify for a portion of the projected revenue sharing program set up by the Rwanda Development Board – Tourism & Conservation (formerly ORTPN) and encouraged others to equally join hands to benefit from wildlife and nature-based tourism.

It is thought that several of the former poachers will now aim to become local tour guides to take visitors into the park and show them the bird and wildlife they so intimately know from their former profession.