Footprints of Hope Dispatch

Join us on Friday 29 June 2018 at 1700 BST, as the Veterans for Wildlife team tackles the question of mental health, PTSD, the potential role of animal-assisted therapy as well as our brand new project Footprints of Hope. Clinical psychologist Jovika Wiese will answer your questions live and discuss how Veterans for Wildlife aims to continue to support our veteran community.Read more

Rapid Introduction of Ivory Bill to Parliament

Today the Ivory Bill will be introduced to Parliament. The introduction of this Bill means that robust measures set out last month by Environment Secretary, Michael Gove are a step closer to becoming law, and helping to protect elephants for future generations. The Bill covers ivory items of all ages, not only those produced after a certain date, subject to some narrow, carefully-defined exemptions. The maximum penalty for breaching the ban will be an unlimited fine or up to five years in jail.Read more

Raising Awareness at Grassroots

Kingston schools are the new front in a local soldier’s fight against poaching in Africa. Dermot Kavanagh, 28, from Putney, recently returned from a trip to South Africa where he served as a volunteer in the fight against poaching and helped foil gangs of armed poachers who were aiming to kill endangered rhinos. Dermot will be speaking at Robin Hood Primary School on May 25, and St Paul’s Primary School on June 5.Read more

Appointment of New Trustee to the Veterans for Wildlife Board

Veterans for Wildlife are extremely pleased to confirm the appointment of Major Genreal (Retd.) Johan Jooste to the Board of Trustees of our South African operations. Amongst other responsibilities, General Jooste leads the team responsible for protecting over 40% of the world's rhino. He is arguably one of the world's most qualified and experienced voices when it comes to the prevention of wildlife crime and conservation matters in Southern Africa.Read more

Veterans for Wildlife Dispatches: Transitioning from the Military into the Conservation Sector

With unique insights into the world of conservation and working tirelessly in the field of veterans' affairs, Veterans for Wildlife is extremely excited to launch our brand new offering: Dispatches. The first dispatch will be titled: Transitioning from the Military into the Conservation Sector. The team will discuss various challenges associated with this transition, the qualifications needed, and the limitations on foreign nationals operating in Africa.Read more

Veterans for Wildlife secure backing of Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC for its Footprints of Hope Project

Veterans for Wildlife are very excited to announce that we have secured the backing of Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC, who will support the charity's Footprints of Hope project. This is a world's first! Footprints of Hope is a two week intensive, fully-immersive programme consisting of mentoring, animal-assisted therapy (AAT), TRiM, Therapeutic Art and Yoga Nidra. It will take place at Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary in South Africa.Read more

Soldiering On Finalists' Reception

Friday 09 February saw the 2018 Soldiering on Awards finalists gather together for a special celebratory reception held in central London. The evening’s host, Soldiering On Awards President, General the Lord Dannatt, welcomed 170 guests, including 41 finalists along with their nominators, to the Cholmondeley Room and Terrace at the Palace of Westminster.Read more

The UK Government’s 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment

In a major speech on the environment the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, unveiled the government's 25-year strategic plan to improve the environment for future generations. The plan includes pledges to eliminate avoidable waste, as well as to introduce new safeguards for wildlife and connect more children with nature.Read more

Public Benefit Organisation Status

Veterans for Wildlife are extremely pleased to confirm that we have been approved by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) in South Africa. Veterans for Wildlife has further been approved a specific organisation mandated to issue tax deductible Section 18A receipts to our donors!Read more

Donation to Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary

The Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary is situated on a 5,000 hectare private farm, called Bahati Estate, in the Vaalwater region of Limpopo province, South Africa. Bahati Estate is owned by the Heuser family and the sanctuary was opened by Savannah Heuser in 2012 when she was just 16 years old.Read more

Save a Life this Christmas

Paul, a former Royal Marine Commando and Veterans for Wildlife volunteer, needs your help! As a lover of wildlife and the African bush, Paul was keen to give someting back and help arrest the poaching crisis, as best he could. That is why he now heads up the delivery of medical training, on behalf of Veterans for Wildlife, to the rangers on the ground in South Africa.Read more

Exped Orange - Trekking the Length of the Orange River

In January 2018, a team composed of three former Royal Marine Commandos will be treakking the length of the Orange River in Africa, from source to sea, raising much needed funds for both Veterans for Wildlife as well as the Royal Marines Charity.Read more