The Postcode Meerkat Wide Area Surveillance System is a truly game-changing tool in the anti-poaching arsenal. 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.

In 2017 Veterans for Wildlife entered into a partnership with South African National Parks (SANParks) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in order to support the operational deployment of the Meerkat.

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.