Located in northern KwaZulu-Natal, the Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage provided refuge for wounded and orphaned rhino calves - victims of ongoing poaching in the area.

Cared for by a team of dedicated volunteers, the orphanage’s aim was to rehabilitate and reintroduce these calves into the wild. In mid-2016 Veterans for Wildlife deployed a team of volunteers to Thula Thula in order to assess the existing security procedures, advise on areas in need of improvement as well as provide initial direction on future training needs.

Over the course of 3 weeks, our volunteers immersed themselves in the reserve, worked alongside the existing anti-poaching rangers, assisted in the dehorning of mature rhino and made every effort to bolster the security posture at Thula Thula. Stretched to the limit, many organizations tasked with protecting game and preventing wildlife crime, are in need of such support in order to enhance their operational effectiveness and introduce efficiencies into their Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

This form of ‘consulting’ is a key service offering of Veterans for Wildlife. Our volunteers, many of whom have expanded on their prior military service with recent experience in the private security sector, are able to impart international best-practice into the local context. Making a valuable contribution to the organizations on the ground as well as the rangers themselves, through a process of continued professional development and skills transfer.

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