After serving for seven years as an Officer in the British Army, Mark has turned his attention to conservation and the protection of Africa's wildlife. In September 2017 Mark travelled to South Africa with Veterans for Wildlife in order to assist in the delivery of tactical and fieldcraft training for the anti-poaching rangers at Nambiti Game Reserve.

Although now working as a public relations and marketing consultant in the private sector, Mark's experience in the Army included time spent in Afghanistan and he is hoping to pass on some of his knowledge and experience. Thereby better preparing and equipping the local rangers on the frontline of the poaching crisis.

“Materialistic greed cannot be allowed to win against our moral duty to protect our wildlife,” Mark said. 

“Nowhere is this more obvious than in Africa, and if I can use my skills to help make a difference then I will.”

Mark said that despite the scale of the problem facing Africa’s rhinos, elephants and other endangered fauna he was optimistic.

“Things can change and illegal poaching can be significantly reduced. There are enough people, enough resources and enough innovation in technology to help fight illegal poaching, but it needs to be managed better and requires more creative thought,” he said.

Mark said he wanted to show the rangers he will be training that they have not been forgotten.

“I want to show them that they are not alone. It’s easy to forget the bigger picture when you are dealing with an issue on the ground everyday. I hope to show the rangers that this is a global issue of the highest importance and that they have support from across the world.”