Veterans for Wildlife’s five-year strategic plan is centred on empowering former service personnel from around the world to play a direct and meaningful role in the fight to prevent wildlife crime. This will be achieved by embedding our personnel in capacity-building roles with project partners already operating in the field. As well as through the establishment of new projects and anti-poaching units. 

During this five-year period, Veterans for Wildlife is seeking to maximise the real impact that the group of charities is achieving at ground-level. Our measures of success in this regard are to:

  • Assist in reducing the total number of elephant and rhino lost to poaching across the countries in which we operate; and
  • Assist in increasing the total number of former service personnel suitably experienced and qualified to pursue civilian employment.

This strategy is underpinned by the Veterans for Wildlife Theory of Change, which itself is made up of the following constituent or intermediate goals:

 

Train & Mentor:

Veterans for Wildlife will work in partnership with frontline conservation organisations, which typically suffer from a lack of manpower and resources, in order to train and mentor both their management structures as well as their anti-poaching units.

This goal will be achieved by employing veteran volunteers from around world and across the spectrum of uniformed services. The underlying purpose being to upskill, better prepare and increase the operational effectiveness and efficiency of the anti-poaching units. As well as improve their morale, confidence and professional pride.

 

Technical Support:

Utilising the diverse range of specialist skills and experience of the group’s veteran volunteers, Veterans for Wildlife will assist and support frontline conservation organisations by means of providing technical consulting services.

Without the technical expertise of a specialist, the complex systems and procedures designed to deter, detect and detain poachers are often rendered ineffective. As such, Veterans for Wildlife aims to ensure that all systems and procedures in place and employed by our partner organisations are operating at the highest level of effectiveness and efficiency possible. The focus being on long-term skills transfer and the eventual development of a locally managed and owned capability.

 

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 deal with negative emotions and their consequences for the individual.