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Snare Wire Jewellery

A joint venture between Wilderness Safaris & Ndau Jewellery Community Empowerment

Repurposed copper earring made from snare wire which was collected by anti-poaching efforts in Souther Africa

Repurposed Copper earrings

Some Statistics
• In 2019 Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit (VFAPU), collected 60+ snares in the town environs. In 2020 they found 1498 snares. Over 180kgs of snares have been collected by VFAPU in and around Victoria Falls.
• In 2020 the Wilderness Safaris Scorpions Anti-Poaching Unit (SAPU) removed over 160 snares from their concession areas. The majority was 3-7 strand cable steel wire.

Snare wire collected by anti-poaching teams now being used to teach local communties to make jewellery

Snare wire is collected

All snare wire requires a special license from Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) for possession. Some copper in various gauges is mixed in. As copper is a controlled metal, further special permission to work with it is required from the Minerals Board. The majority of snare wire is carbonised & galvanised strengthened steel, very difficult to manipulate with finesse. Traditional methods have been researched and the Shona coil technique of bracelet making over a 'Bellows Fired Earth Forge' is utilised. A local traditional ironmonger is teaching villagers how to build and use a basic forge.

Making jewellery over a forge from snare wire

Snare wire forged to make jewellery

Ndau Jewellers are teaching villagers under the umbrella of CITW - Children In The Wilderness Trust an NPO, supported by ecotourism company Wilderness Safaris - focusing on empowering women and young people.

This stunning jewellery is soon to be available.

Snare wire jewellery - a community project in Victoria Falls

Forged In Fire With Traditional Skills, Hand Bound With Copper In Signature ‘W’ Knot

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