High-vis mum ral­lies to rhi­nos’ plight

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A Pil­bara mother has traded high-vis for khaki this week af­ter head­ing to Zim­babwe to help in the war against rhino poach­ing.

The 45-year-old mother of one has lived in Kar­ratha for five years and is a vol­un­teer for the In­ter­na­tional Anti Poach­ing Foun­da­tion’s Green Army.

Ms Cooper said she be­came in­ter­ested in the plight of African rhi­nos about 18 months ago and de­cided she had to take ac­tion.

“I will spend two weeks just out­side of Vic­to­ria Falls on a re­serve work­ing along­side African rangers learn­ing about rhi­nos and other wildlife and as­sist­ing them in their ef­forts in the war against poach­ing,” she said.

“I will be in­volved in foot pa­trols up to 15km per day in weather con­di­tions very sim­i­lar to Kar­ratha this time of year.

“While I will not be in­volved in any com­bat du­ties, these rangers are on the front­line and in­ter­ac­tions with wildlife and poach­ers is a real pos­si­bil­ity.”

Ms Cooper es­tab­lished Re­sources for Rhi­nos with a group of friends this year, a group for peo­ple from the re­sources in­dus­try to raise aware­ness of the threat of ex­tinc­tion faced by rhi­nos be­cause of poach­ing.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Jodie Cooper is off to Africa to help with rhino con­ser­va­tion.

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