The goals of Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife (VETPAW) are to provide meaningful employment to skilled post-9/11 U.S. Veterans and conserve critically endangered African species and their communities and ecosystems. Iconic and irreplaceable wildlife is on the brink of extinction due to illegal poaching, and the crisis has far-reaching and catastrophic consequences. VETPAW utilizes the unrivaled expertise of veterans to train and support African rangers and to provide sustainable solutions. By hiring the men and women of the U.S. military we also facilitate career development and personal growth.

This summer VETPAW is creating an outpost in the Mpumalanga Province working with Care for Wild, South Africa's pre-eminent rhino orphanage. We will support and train with a 40 person ranger force allowing us to assist where rhino poaching is happening in Kruger and Kwazulu Natal. It is a unique opportunity for our Veterans to be part of the orphanage's viable plan to repopulate South Africa's decimated rhinos. This is challenging, dangerous work but could yield tremendous results for these amazing animals and the people who protect them.

VETPAW has been selected by the Limpopo Rhino Security Group as advisors and a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) that enables us to strategize and implement our tactics for reserves in this region that are under constant threat from criminal poaching. We now have greater access to the intelligence needed to safeguard rhinos and staff there and respond to threats in kind, always working with local law enforcement and authorities.

VETPAW is creating a rhino sanctuary at our Limpopo headquarters. With the current rate of poaching so high, many private park owners are being forced to sell their rhinos or risk them being killed. Our Vets on the ground work with a team of ecologists and wildlife management officials to develop a private, safe sanctuary for rhino owners in the region to temporarily move their animals to keep them safe and protected by VETPAW.

VETPAW is working with "WILD LIFE," a South African conservation retreat where volunteers from all over the world work with local ecologists and wildlife while learning about the importance of counter-poaching. This two and four week program is a hands on way help conserve nature and save endangered species including leopard, pangolin, rhino and elephant while helping create a sustainable model for endangered species regeneration in Africa. For more information visit: