Veterans for Wildlife team member, and renowned author Tony Park, has his say on what it the fight against wildlife crime means to him...

My wife and I literally live half our lives in Africa and we have a house near the Kruger National Park. In the 22 years of living and working in Africa I’ve become passionate about the plight of endangered wildlife and the battle being fought to protect it.

After that first contact from Veterans for Wildlife I read about the work they were doing. I was convinced that the people involved not only had their hearts in the right place, but were also making a difference.

I wrote a few media releases about the work being done to train the Black Mambas, South Africa’s first all-female anti-poaching unit, and about the successes of veterans monitoring surveillance systems that were detecting and disrupting rhino poaching gangs.

Here were good people making a difference and the press was picking up on ‘our’ good news stories from the frontline of this wildlife war. I once more felt like I was a part of something bigger than my own little world, part of a team.

One of the stated aims of Veterans for Wildlife is to help veterans transition from military to civilian life, by utilising the skills and expertise they gained in the course of their service to help those engaged in the war on poaching and give the volunteers a renewed sense of purpose.