Our Strategy
VETPAW empowers African park rangers by training and implementing the skills that are vital to the success of anti-poaching efforts. Rangers are able to cover vast areas more efficiently and effectively, increasing the number of poachers deterred or detained. We also support the adjoining communities by providing conservation education, poacher rehabilitation, and alternative employment opportunities tied to the ranger programs and agricultural initiatives.

VETPAW will also develop Quick Reaction Force (QRF) teams made up of rangers who have shown significant improvement and advancement in training. We will analyze and find medium choke points where human-wildlife interactions are highest. We plan to evaluate entry points, wildlife patterns, community locations in relation to wildlife reserves and parks, as well as local resources to find the best placement of our QRF teams.

These teams will work hand-in-hand with our scout teams to relay suspicious human movement in the area, to ensure rapid reaction and response to the flagged areas. Our teams will also utilize ground surveillance technology put into place to support these missions.

VETPAW will establish a training curriculum for the park rangers to include the following areas of instruction:
RTicon5Area of Operation (AO) management
RTicon6Patrolling Strategies and Movements
RTicon4Cover and Concealment
RTicon2Counter intelligence Analysis/Ground Surveillance
RTicon3Field Medical Operations
RTicon7Vehicle tactics

Ryan and Ranger
VETPAW’s training curriculum includes the following areas of instruction:
  • Trainer Teams consisting of 8 people will operate in four-month intervals.
  • Teams will coordinate and patrol with the existing rangers. This will allow training to continue without removing rangers from their critical work.
  • Formal instruction will occur at on-site training facilities at or near the rangers’ locations.
Training teams will follow this general model:
  • Each Ranger will be equipped and dressed with a comprehensive inventory of gear, weapons, tools, and communication devices.
  • All equipment will be maintained and inventoried by our team.
VETPAW will explore the opportunity to procure non-lethal vehicles and equipment from the Excess Defense Articles (EDA) currently being left in Afghanistan.

The United States military is leaving or discarding over $7 billion in supplies, due to the expense of transferring them back to the U.S. We will seek an opportunity to work with the U.S. government on moving these supplies to East Africa to better equip the park rangers.

Elephant Dead after Poaching

VETPAW promotes capacity- and relationship building in East Africa, elevating the perception of the military at home and abroad while preventing the extinction of keystone species and ecosystems.