The Veterans for Wildlife group of charities has two charitable aims: the empowerment of veterans and the prevention of wildlife crime.

Our five-year strategic plan is centred on empowering veterans from around the globe and preventing wildlife crime, predominantly within Southern African. During this five year period we seek to maximise the impact the group achieves at ground level in order to fulfill its two main charitable aims: 

  • reducing the total number of elephant and rhino lost to poaching in Southern Africa and;
  • increase the total number of military veterans suitably skilled and qualified to pursue civilian employment having left the Armed Forces.

This strategy is guided by the Veterans for Wildlife theory of change and is further broken down into four intermediate steps or goals:

 


TRAIN, SUPPORT, MENTOR

Veterans for Wildlife will work in partnership with ground-level conservation organisations, which typically suffer from a lack of resources, to train, support and mentor their management and anti-poaching teams.

This will be achieved by employing veteran volunteers from around the world. The aim being to up-skill, better prepare, and increase the morale and confidence of the anti-poaching teams.


TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Using the diverse and speciliased skills and experience of the group’s veteran volunteers Veterans for Wildlife will assist and support ground-level conservation organisations by providing technical support and assistance to their various anti-poaching programmes.

Without the technical know-how of a specialist these complex systems designed to dectect, deter and detain poachers are often rendered ineffective.


VETERAN EMPOWERMENT

Veterans for Wildlife projects allow individuals to operate in familiar circumstances, tapping into a set of well-honed skills, amongst like-minded people, in support of an undoubtedly worthy cause.

Thus, boosting their confidence, providing them with invaluable work and life experience, as well as the opportunity to develop and grow their own support network, all whilst feeling deservedly proud of what they have achieved and been involved in.


VETERAN REHABILITATION

Through the unique Veterans for Wildlife Footprint of Hope project, Veterans for Wildlife aim to assist those suffering with mental health issues as a result of serving.

Through the use of various therapies such as animal-assisted therapy, veterans are taught targeted approaches to dealing with negative emotions and their consequences for the individual.