Every year, up to 30,000 elephants and thousands of rhinos are poached throughout Africa for their tusks and horns.

This ongoing slaughter has pushed big game animal populations to dangerous lows, and although countries have cracked down on the legal market for endangered animal parts in recent years, the underground market for related products continues to thrive.

In Zimbabwe’s Lower Zambezi Valley, an experiment in women’s empowerment is proving that poaching can be curbed and animals can be effectively conserved through community-centric investments.

Read the full article about the anti-poaching movement by Joe McCarthy at Global Citizen.