The Postcode Meerkat Wide Area Surveillance System (WASS), is a truly game-changing tool in the anti-poaching arsenal of South African National Parks (SANParks). Its unique combination of sensors allows poachers to be identified, tracked and interdicted at will. Thus tipping the balance in favour of the anti-poaching rangers who are now able to take a proactive, rather than reactive, approach to operations.

In 2017 Veterans for Wildlife entered into a partnership with SANParks and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in order to support the operational deployment of the Meerkat. This was further entrenched with a wrap-around agreement between Veterans for Wildlife and the Peace Parks Foundation (PPF).

This critical piece of equipment requires skilled and experienced individuals in order to keep it functioning at optimal performance - thereby continuing to support the rangers in the field when they need it most. And this is where Veterans for Wildlife comes into play. Our volunteers, drawn from niche fields, deploy into the field in order to operate the Meerkat and fulfill a critical function in the intelligence cycle.

With the Meerkat continuing to prove itself, day-in-and-day-out, Veterans for Wildlife’s support role will likely grow as the programme itself expands exponentially. Our dedicated Project Coordinator has a full-time responsibility to develop this role as well as provide continuity for our volunteers and partners from one deployment to the next.

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