Veterans for Wildlife Supports in the Arrest of Multiple Groups of Poachers

South African Police Service (SAPS) Officers and South African National Parks (SANParks) Rangers, supported by Veterans for Wildlife volunteers, have in the past two weeks arrested 12 people linked to poaching in the Kruger National Park (KNP). Read more

Two Field Rangers Arrested in Kruger National Park

The South African National Parks (SANParks) today announced the arrest of two Skukuza based Field Rangers on suspicion of being involved in rhino poaching. A heavy calibre firearm, ammunition and poaching related equipment was confiscated. Read more

Former Police Officers Working to Prevent Wildlife Crime

We are extremely excited to confirm a brand new project and partnership! Earlier this year Veterans for Wildlife responded to a request from the Zoological Society of London for support in delivering bespoke training in West Africa. Read more

Educating the Leaders of Tomorrow

On Tuesday 12 February, longtime volunteer Dermot delivered yet another school talk. Dermot has been educating children in his hometown, London, about conservation and the plight of the rhino. This time, back in South Africa, Dermot spoke to the Junior Prep boys at The Ridge School in Johannesburg. Read more

The Official 2018 Numbers Are In

The South African Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Nomvula Mokonyane, has reported significant progress on the implementation of the Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros covering the period 1 January to 31 December 2018. Read more

Footprints of Hope Success

In December last year, Veterans for Wildlife launched its ground-breaking Footprints of Hope project. Five military veterans from across the United Kingdom (UK) travelled to South Africa in order to participate in a unique, two-week residential programme. 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. 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

Maj Gen (Retd) Johan Jooste Appointed as Trustee

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