Branch Member – Mopani
Poaching and Snare Busters
“Cooperation with organisations and communities is the key to success in protecting our biodiversity. If all members of the SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association community do their bit, we can make an enormous impact on protecting our environment.”
Eugene Troskie has been involved in conservation since his school years. He studied game and lodge management, and completed field guide training. He trained others in conservation and field guiding skills, and led hiking groups in the Kruger National Part and larger Kruger area for eight years. Eugene provides support to the South African Environmental Observation Network(SAEON) and EWT, for scientific surveys of water birds, Pel’s fishing owl, vultures, reptiles, amphibians, dragon flies, and fish in the Phalaborwa area. Eugene established the Phalaborwa Natural Heritage Foundation that removed hundreds of wire and cable snares, and rescued many animals that had been snared. He is the conservation coordinator of the Mopani Branch from where he establishes partnerships with other interested conservation organisations. Under his guidance, the branch established the Snare Buster initiative to conduct anti-poaching operations that focus on the removal of snares. He is a hunter that believes that hunting aids the management and conservation of natural resources and habitats.