100 elephants are slaughtered every day


The wholesale slaughter of rhino and elephant by poachers has put them firmly on the path to extinction. Currently an elephant is killed every 15 minutes for their ivory and every 8 hours a rhino senselessly murdered for their horns. The suffering that these animals have to endure is abhorrent. Many African park rangers are under-trained and outgunned. VETPAW is assisting in helping to turn the tide against poachers.

The illegal trade of ivory and rhino horn on the black market has become a multi-billion dollar industry, funding terrorist organizations such as Al Shabaab and Boko Haram. It is estimated that 40% of their funding comes from wildlife trafficking. Simply put, rhino horn is one of the most valuable substances on earth – valued at $70,000 a kilogram.



VETPAW is a group of post 9/11 US veterans with combat skills committed to training and protecting Park Rangers to more effectively combat poaching on the ground in Africa.

We employ veterans to help fight the increasing unemployment rate of our servicemen and women, and most importantly because their skills learned on the frontlines in Afghanistan is unrivaled. These highly-trained, selfless men and women lead the war against brutality and oppression – for both human beings and the animal kingdom.

How we do it

Train Local Rangers

Your donations go directly toward training local park rangers free of charge to work better, smarter and faster using the best techniques available. Our training and expertise empowers local forces to maximize the positive impact they are already working so hard to achieve. 

Surveillance and Protection

Our team of highly-trained veterans operate on the ground, legally, with local African park rangers and law enforcement to stop poachers before they act. We identify, track and arrest poachers and their ring leaders to bring them to justice.

Education and Conservation

We are committed to educating local communities on the long-term benefits of a thriving wildlife community. On the reserves we protect, we continually support in the monitoring and research of wildlife and endangered species.

rhino conservation experience



Our Rhino Monitoring Experience offers a rare opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to our conservation efforts in protecting and fostering these amazing endangered animals, in a breathtaking setting in South Africa.

Marine Corps Marathon


More than 90 charities seek motivated runners to join them to Run for a Cause. This is your chance to raise awareness, run with purpose, and generate funds for our veterans on the front lines of wildlife conservation.

Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife (VETPAW) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and all donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. VETPAW’s Federal Identification Number (EIN) is 46-4641830

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