We are dedicated to ending the global illegal wildlife trade. This illicit trade in endangered species, illegal logging and fishing, is the fourth largest criminal enterprise globally following drug smuggling, human trafficking and counterfeiting. According to a joint United Nations Environment-Interpol report, the illegal trade in wildlife is 26% higher than previously estimated, worth as much as $23 billion per year.
Our primary work involves developing the capacity of those at the forefront of protecting nature, the rangers. Rangers work in dangerous and complex environments and require multiple skill sets to operate, yet they are often under resourced and inadequately trained. Veterans for Wildlife develops the capacity of anti-poaching units through training, mentoring programmes and provides longterm sustainable solutions through leadership and training the trainer initiatives.
Over the past 5 years we have worked in South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania, Cameroon and Belize.