Operation Rhino Shield:

In May of 2016 VETPAW focused on two goals: Assist in fighting the huge spike in rhino killings in South Africa and secure a long term home on the continent. To achieve this we launched Operation Rhino Shield in South Africa where we deployed a team of Army, Marine and Navy veterans on private reserves that are under direct threat from rhino poaching.

VETPAW, with the help of donors, conducted our advanced counter-poaching courses to local park rangers and reserve owners there. In addition we conducted active counter-poaching patrols, investigations and security in the region with dramatic effect.

We do this by assessing parks to locate "holes" in their security operations and fix them. We improve local rangers abilities by training them in the latest counter-poaching techniques, transforming them into "force-multipliers." We also collaborate with local law enforcement and wildlife management officials and better prepare rhino owners to protect their families and animals from the threat of criminal poaching.

We are achieving this by using advanced solutions in air and on land such as helicopter patrols and response and UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) support drones and advanced surveillance techniques. We also utilize human terrain mapping, area of operation management and of course constant and innovative force presence on the territory we patrol daily.

Operation Tanzania:

Tanzania is responsible for the loss of 33% of all illicit ivory that comes out of Africa. The situation is dire and dangerous...

In the spring of 2015, with funding from donors, our first mission, Operation Tanzania was launched. With a team of veterans from U.S. Special Forces, Army and Air Force, VETPAW trained 400 local park rangers and assisted the Tanzanian Wildlife Anti-Crimes Task Force in targeted undercover investigations and operations that resulted in the arrest of 50 suspected poachers which crippled several criminal poaching networks.

With our first mission in Africa, VETPAW proved that our unique method of empowering Post 9-11 Veterans in the world of conservation, works. Our Veterans with careful planning and collaboration with local park rangers and law enforcement can be a valuable tool in turning the tide of the poaching crisis.