Five lions lie on the ground, some separate the legs and snout. The king of animals, disfigured beyond recognition. How could that have happened so far in the middle of South Africa? The Swiss Dean Schneider knows the answer. "Poachers sell the claws and teeth of animals on the black market, they go from superstition to traditional medicine like sex enhancer and are sold on the local market and in Asia," says Schneider. Only 30 minutes from the affected park, it operates the 400-hectare (20-minute) Hakuna Mipaka Animal Reserve.
Dean Schneider has been living in South Africa for one year in the reserve of his club "Hakuna Mipaka". The property covers 400 hectares in total, part of which is reserved for people born in captivity and rescued from partially disastrous conditions. The rest of the country is reserved for wild animals such as zebras, impala, kudu, hyenas or baboons living in freedom.
Poachers practice their activity here
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The lack of illumination
Schneider, 26, who has been living in South Africa for about a year and has given up a promising career as a Lions financial planner, is shaken. "Lack of human education and lack of contact with animals are major problems." Ignorance has led many members of the population to trust the effects of traditional medicine.
"Although there is no scientific evidence, there is a widespread belief that dandelion and claws can cure many ailments." Schneider and his team wish to go there and visit schools regularly to educate their children about enlightening wildlife.
Strong growth on Instagram
"For lions to not die for superstition, I would like to be a role model – not only for local students, but also for social media for people around the world," Schneider said. On Instagram, the Zurich daily describes his work with the animals on the reserve or his attempts to keep students away from snakes.
More than 200,000 people follow him on Instagram, 100,000 more than three weeks ago. An ever-increasing proportion comes from Switzerland, says Schneider. For him, it was important that he could show the good side of his life, but not hide the bad side at the same time. "It's not because you close your eyes to poaching that it does not happen."