Meet our second Footprints of Hope participant, Jennifer Yarwood

I joined up when I was 17 so it’s all I have ever known and when I was discharged I didn’t know which direction to turn in, it was a dark alley to walk down.Read more

Meet our first Footprints of Hope participant, Peter Dunning

The Veterans for Wildlife Footprints of Hope project is only a month away from commencing and we would like to start introducing you to our six participants, starting with Peter Dunning. Over the course of the next few weeks you will get to know all of our candidates and what they hope to achieve with the programme.Read more

The Critical Role of Education

We are on the verge of completely wiping out one of the most iconic animals to ever grace this planet. Rhinos, although not exactly the same as the ones which live in the African bush now, date back some 55 million years, but humans have been killing over 1000 rhinos a year, for the last 5 years, in South Africa alone. This is not sustainable, we have to be role models - role models to our children and role models to each other in order to prevent the rhinos from becoming extinct!Read more

A Volunteer's Perspective

The only way I can describe it was life changing. There is something about being stopped in your tracks by a herd of magnificent elephant taking up the road that you just have to experience to understand. Or being woken up in the night by the distinctive call of the mighty lion, heard from kilometres around only for your eyes to open and fix onto the Milky Way that fills the night sky above you. They are memories that will stick with me forever.Read more

Q & A With One of the Team

Following on from the launch of our Save a Life campaign, whereby Veterans for Wildlife are asking our supporters as well as members of the public to donate funds for the purchase of medical equipment, Wild Crowd facilitated a question and answer session with Paul Brodrick.Read more

Back in the Fight: a Digger's Tale

Veterans for Wildlife team member, and renowned author Tony Park, has his say... When I was contacted by Veterans for Wildlife to help out with their public relations my initial reaction, beyond offering a bit of advice, was to say no. While I did work in public relations in the past, I now write novels set in Africa for a living and in my mind I was done both with PR and anything military-related.Read more

The One Important Reason Why You Should Visit South Africa Before it's Too Late

To paraphrase the famous quote, there are things that we simply don’t understand. But by recognizing this fact, we are able to seek the answers and expand our knowledge. This, of course, is the first step in the journey to knowing and understanding those things that we aren’t even aware of yet.Read more

What do Foreign Forces Know About Anti-Poaching?

Whether one wishes to acknowledge it or not, the fight against wildlife crime and poaching in particular is already ‘militarised’. One need merely take stock of the number of shooting incidents that occur, the weapons and other equipment in circulation, as well as the relevant tactics employed in the field by poachers and anti-poaching rangers alike.Read more

A Volunteer's Perspective

It has been a privilege to have worked with Veterans For Wildlife and everyone at the Nambiti Game Reserve over the last ten days, providing the dedicated and highly professional in house anti-poaching unit with essential tactical training and support.Read more

Hidden in Plain Sight

In recent weeks and months there has been multiple reports of foreign nationals being arrested at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg for attempting to smuggle rhino horn out of the country. Such arrests are welcome and it is reassuring to note that the security measures currently in place at South Africa’s ports of entry and exit are indeed functioning, to some degree at least.Read more

Grunts, Dinosaurs and Second Chances

As Veterans for Wildlife Ambassadors Jason Fox and Aldo Kane highlight, spending time amongst and caring for the animals is both humbling and emotional. And it is this recognition that provided the impetus for the Wellness Programme and Footprints of Hope more specifically.Read more

The Enemy Within

This article was initially meant to discuss how we can potentially address manpower efficiencies in the anti-poaching sector and was initially due to be posted by the end of June. Yet, as the adage goes, “no plan survives contact”. Although, I’d prefer to think that no plan fully survives contact. If the entire plan falls apart once the first shots are fired, then either your plan was wholly ill-conceived or there is no point in planning in the first place!Read more