Unfortunately, poaching is a constant threat in Africa. Liwonde National park is no exception. The park is relatively small (300km2) and is surrounded by villages. Some of its boundaries are fenced, some are not. The communities living around the Park are extremely poor and do not benefit from the revenues the park generates. As a consequence, you can understand why poaching is happening. On that day, as we were watching the sun set, near the Northern boundary of the park, we saw boats gathering on lake Malombe. As soon as the sun set, they moved into the park. Some are fishing, some lay snares at night that kill indiscriminately.
Nikon D700, Sigma 150-500mm OS at 500mm, F6.3, 1/1250s, ISO 2500, Gitzo tripod.
Location: Near Lake Malombe, North of Liwonde National Park, Malawi.
Photographer: Arnaud Germain