VETPAW Reports on Successful Initiative that Saved African Wildlife


Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife (VETPAW) reports successful results from international initiative in Tanzania. More than 25 poachers were apprehended due in part to VETPAW’s support advising and assisting African park rangers.

“I’m really happy to report our first mission in Tanzania in collaboration with Tanzania’s Ministry for Natural Resources and Tourism, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority was an undeniable success,” said Ryan Tate, U.S. Marine and Co-Founder of VETPAW. “Our team, myself and five other members, worked alongside Tanzanian park rangers. Through this joint international effort, more than 25 poachers were apprehended.”

VETPAW’s mission is to utilize the skills of post 9-11 U.S. Military Veterans to train, support and assist African park rangers in their ongoing fight to protect critically endangered and threatened wildlife.

“According to Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Sub-Saharan Africa lacks adequate manpower with approximately one ranger per 168 kilometers of wildlife reserve. International standards suggest one ranger per 24 kilometers for effective patrolling and policing,” said Tate. “VETPAW sees the increasing need to help and we were inspired by the passion and determination of the park rangers.”

VETPAW is expanding their mission locations on the continent of Africa and preparing for their next initiative in East Africa. For more information about VETPAW, visit http://vetpaw.wpengine.com.

4 Responses to "VETPAW Reports on Successful Initiative that Saved African Wildlife"
  1. Twenty five poachers down! More to follow! Wooo Hoooo!!!! I was so excited when I heard about VETPAW after reading about it on the Care2 website, where I have a petition to support African Wildlife through forced Legislation. I have already made a small donation to VETPAW (and will be continuing to do so in the furture!) Plus I am trying to submit a plug for VETPAW through one of the local news organizations here in Albuquerque, where we have a lot of Veterans. Your organization sounds so promising in so many ways! Traditional ways of doing business to protect African wildlife are just not working. VETPAW is exactly what we need. Plus it helps employ Veterans! Thank you guys so much, and keep up the excellent work!!!!!!

  2. Thank you so much for what you are doing. Wildlife has no way of protecting itself from this slaughter.

    Spending time in Africa in the bush must also be very healing for veterans.

    Just a really good mission and a good fit. Good luck!

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