What is Beauty from Brutality?

'I love my work as I get a chance to share my creativeness especially for the fact that snare wire is not an easy metal to work with' - Jackson Mwanza, jewelry maker

What is a snare trap?

Snare trap poaching is the biggest killer of iconic wildlife in Southern Africa and responsible for the death of 10’s of thousands of animals each year. The trap is set down to ensnare wildlife for the bushmeat trade; it is a tragic and indiscriminate killer of all animals including elephant, lion, leopard, giraffe, and wild dog. 

The deadly wire is turned into a noose with one end fixed in place, the other end is left as an open circle for a passing animal to walk through. When snagged the trap closes around its victim maiming and killing them in a cruel and brutal way. The traps are hidden around watering holes or well-worn animal paths where the chances of harming wildlife is maximized.

We educate visiting guests on how these traps work when they visit our Shop Less Ordinary in the South Luangwa, Zambia.

What is being done to help?

We celebrate and thank brave rangers globally who risk their lives to patrol National Parks. Rangers seek out poachers and collect snare traps before they harm wildlife; they could be killed by poachers or even the animals they work to save.

Rangers collect thousands of brutal poacher traps each year. Once collected, they are stored in containers across Africa preventing further use. These containers are locked and guarded by Wildlife Officers.

Mulberry Mongoose has special permission to visit these containers across Zambia. With cutters, gloves, head torches we pull out thousands of wire coils, untangle them and cut them into 40 cm strips ensuring they can never be re-used as a trap.

The process of transformation

Snare wire is invariably stolen from cables, telephone wires and fencing; each piece can be different in thickness, strength and malleability. Whilst the metal can vary it is mainly a metal alloy such as stainless steel.

At our workshop we spend hours sorting the cut up snare trap sticks for purpose. Some are allocated for hammering, some coiling, and others for shaping.

There is no manual about how to work with snare wire; instead we have become pioneers in this unique field. Snare wire is a tough material and impossible to manipulate with standard jewelry making tools. Instead we have researched solutions in the building trade. We have broken thousands of hammers and 100s of thousands of drill bits and built our arm muscles to achieve our aims!

We work hard to turn this awful wire into wearable art. Each snare bead has to be sanded with at least 3 separate types of tools before we incorporate it into our unique designs.

When guests visit our Shop Less Ordinary in the South Luangwa they can watch our team perform this extraordinary work. Click here to learn more.

  • Snare traps removed from circulation and estimated animals protected

  • Meters of snare wire removed from circulation

  • Drill bits used to date

  • Hammers broken to date

  • Coarse sanding discs needed

"Beautiful jewellery, well-made, original, and to top all of that, made from snare wire and giving a donation to conservation. There's a lot to love here!" - Penny, Great Britain

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