Advert

Latest

Did You Know There Were Coral Reefs In Ireland?

Did You Know There Were Coral Reefs In Ireland?

published at3 hours ago
Advert
Advert

Most Popular

Advert
Entertainment

​Ben Fogle Spends Weekend With Anti-Poaching Unit For New Programme

​Ben Fogle Spends Weekend With Anti-Poaching Unit For New Programme

Ben Fogle has been spending time with anti-poaching units in South Africa for his TV series, New Lives in the Wild - calling for the creation of a 'global conservation police' who could act as new 'planet guardians'.

Fogle told his Instagram followers he would be spending the weekend working with one of the country's many anti-poaching units, which are 'privately funded to protect Africa's embattled wildlife from poaching which threatens animals around the world'.

Advert

"Many of the anti-poaching units rely on the military experience of former special forces soldiers to train up new units," he explained.

"It's tough, dangerous work and we were on the front line of the 'blood wars'.

Fogle explained the poachers they tackle are heavily armed and are often backed by sophisticated technology to track down animals.

While they were on patrol, a rhino was killed for its horn just 40 miles from where they had been tracking - something that apparently happens every eight hours - and they also stumbled upon snares and camps.

Advert
'It's tough, dangerous work,' Fogle said. Credit: Ben Fogle/Instagram
'It's tough, dangerous work,' Fogle said. Credit: Ben Fogle/Instagram

Referring to the situation not only as a 'crisis', but also a 'war', Fogle said the anti-poaching unit needed more funding.

"We found snares and camps. Shots are often fired and men are lost in both sides of the battle front," he continued.

More Like ThisMore Like This

1 of 6
News

Ben & Jerry's Launch New Flavour With Crisps Pieces In

"The anti poachers need more funding. I think it's time NGOs, governments, products, airlines, food producers, and big businesses all contributed a 'conservation' fee to create a new global conservation police.

Advert
News

Ben & Jerry's Launch New Flavour With Crisps Pieces In

published at7 months ago

"These new 'Planet Guardians' could police the oceans, the forests and Savannahs. They could help police the marketplace too. Our food could be rated with an 'environmental' index according to its impact on the planet. We have to act now before it's too late."

Fogle is calling for the introduction of a 'global conservation police'. Credit: Ben Fogle/Instagram
Fogle is calling for the introduction of a 'global conservation police'. Credit: Ben Fogle/Instagram

Fogle explained the new 'landmark' programme would focus on conservation and the environment - and would include a balanced exploration of hunting and shooting.

Advert

He wrote: "I don't like hunting or shooting. In the past I've been accused of over sentimentalism and lack of understanding by the hunting/shooting community for my criticism of blood sport. But I also believe in fair conversation.

"For my new series I've spent time on hunts and shoots to give all sides of the narrative and let YOU decide."

As part of the Channel 5 series New Lives in the Wild, which showcases the lives of people who have 'turned their back on the daily grind', Fogle has visited everywhere from Alaska, Texas and the Appalachian Mountains in the US, through to the Himalayan Foothills in India and the Swedish Arctic Circle.

It has not yet been confirmed when the programme in South Africa will air.

Advert

Extinct: A race against time to save our endangered species. Read more from our campaign here.

Featured Image Credit: Ben Fogle/Instagram

Topics: Extinct, TV and Film, travel, Animals

Chosen for YouChosen for You

LADs On Night Out Who Became Viral Meme Sensation Speak Out
published ata day ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

News

Donald Trump Will Be Denied Military Farewell When He Departs White House

published at2 days ago

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]