Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife


The poaching crisis in East Africa is pushing elephants and rhinos to the very brink of extinction. These iconic, ancient species will be gone within the next decade. Game rangers and their communities are overpowered by sophisticated, well-armed poachers, who are often funded by terrorist organizations.


The U.S has the most skilled military in the world. Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife provides meaningful employment to post-9/11 veterans, utilizing their expertise to train and support Tanzanian anti-poaching efforts and prevent the extermination of keystone African wildlife, and the disastrous economic and environmental impact it would have.


unemployment percentage of post–9/11 veterans aged 20–34


years until wild elephants are extinct


US dollars per pound of illegal ivory

Erika Mansourian

Communications Director

Ryan Tate

Co-founder & President

Maria Riofrio

Co-founder, Director of Operations