Veterans for Wildlife has adopted a multi-pronged approach to making a positive difference on a truly global scale. Our overarching vision can best be encapsulated in the phrase: veterans for wildlife and wildlife for veterans. What does this mean?

Simply put, at the outset we recognised the positive impact that former service personnel could play in the conservation sector in Africa. Through embedding highly-skilled and experienced individuals into existing organisations and programmes, Veterans for Wildlife is able to improve the operational effectiveness and efficiency of these ground-level initiatives.

But the benefit doesn't stop there. It isn't a one-way process. Through time spent in the African bushveld, interacting with individuals from different cultures and with different life experiences, coming face-to-face with Africa's magnificent wildlife, and ultimately committing themselves to a positive calling, our volunteers benefit too.

Working together, for the common good, everybody wins. Especially, the vulnerable and voiceless animals at the heart of what we do.

How? 

Arguably one of the most important aspects of what Veterans for Wildlife does is capacity-building at ground-level. Local people and local organisations are ultimately the only ones who can arrest the poaching crisis in its tracks and reverse the damage already done. But they need our collective assistance.

Drawing upon years of experience, in diverse operating environments, whilst embedded with multiple host nation forces, Veterans for Wildlife volunteers are unparalleled in their ability to deliver world-class training. From fieldcraft, through command, leadership and management, to combat medicine and everything in between!

Of course, the African bushveld is a unique operating environment and our personnel are well aware that some techniques and procedures may not directly translate from other parts of the world. In the same breathe, however, many of the underlying principles are universal. And it is at this basic, fundamental level that Veterans for Wildlife looks to transfer skills and knowledge.

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