Your gift funds the fight against the illegal wildlife trade, puts veterans to work, and supports African communities.
We have three very distinct objectives as part of our mission in Africa. Training rangers, wildlife protection, and community beneficiation within our area of operations. These objectives all culminate with the ultimate goal of protecting and increasing the amount of wildlife and endangered species under our protection.
VETPAW was created as a way to meaningfully contribute to lowering the rampant poaching on the continent, as well as creating meaningful employment for our brothers and sisters, who have risked their lives in the protection of our great country. We do this by utilizing the unrivaled skills and experience of our post-9/11 U.S. veterans to train, advise and assist, park rangers and support their communities
We’ve already trained over 1,000 African Rangers, surveilled 160,000 acres of land, and have relocated multiple species including, white rhino, black rhino and elephant
We do this
in 3 ways
Train Local Rangers
Our veterans have a wealth of experience and training garnered from their active deployments in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria – particularly counter-insurgency and gathering of intelligence. We, therefore, are able to translate this experience into effective, on the ground operations, wildlife protection, and meaningful community engagement..
Surveillance and Protection
Together with local rangers, local law enforcement, private reserve owners and government conservation units, our team our are able to create tailor made security strategies that are most effective for that particular reserve and counteract any particular challenges that they may face in keeping both their people and wildlife safe.
Education and Conservation
We are committed to educating local communities on the long-term benefits of a thriving wildlife community and why it is so important for us to work together to keep them safe. Our goal is to create significant long-term projects that reinforce the need to facilitate feasible community beneficiation.