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Geosaurus Earth Day: Day 1
April 22 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Please join us as Damien Mander discusses his journey from the self-described “ultimate boys club” of special forces to conservation, and the inspiring women of Akashinga he has trained to protect Africa’s ecosystem’s for future generations.
Former Australian navy clearance diver, special ops sniper, and Iraq war veteran Damien Mander founded IAPF in 2009, utilizing his military background to train rangers to protect Africa’s wildlife. IAPF is a multi-national not-for-profit conservation organization working to protect the dwindling elephant and rhino populations due to the poaching crisis.
In 2017, IAPF launched an all-female anti poaching unit called ‘AKASHINGA’, meaning ‘The Brave Ones’ in Shona, the native language of Zimbabwe. Akashinga is a new and innovative conservation model in an industry dominated by men. The Nature Conservancy states “that empowering women is the single biggest force for positive change in the world today.”