With stunning scenery, friendly people, great food and wine and an abundance of wildlife South Africa is undoubtedly a tourist's paradise.

However, it’s the very fact that South Africa has been so successful in years gone by in protecting its populations of rhinoceros (it has the largest concentration of rhinos in the world), elephants and other endangered game that makes it such a target for poachers.

South Africa’s premier and largest protected wildlife area, the Kruger National Park, is bordered by Mozambique to the East and Zimbabwe to the north and much (though not all) of the poaching threat comes from outside the country and through our porous borders.

 

To the west the Kruger is bordered by a network of privately owned and operated game reserves which are home to a number of luxury safari lodges and camps.  Africa’s big five – lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant - move freely between the government-controlled national park and the adjoining reserves.

And the poachers, like the animals themselves, know no borders. So, whilst the South African Defense Force, Police Service and National Parks personnel patrol the national park, privately-run anti-poaching units carry the burden outside the park. It is in this broader area, known as the Greater Kruger National Park, that Veterans for Wildlife predominantly operates and within which we seek to support organisations already in-place.

However, South Africa boasts a number of other national parks and reserves, from the beautiful Cape and Table Mountain in the south, to pristine links on the east coast and the starkly beautiful Kalahari Desert in the north-west. Many of which are home to vulnerable wildlife populations in need of protection. As such, Veterans for Wildlife has previously deployed volunteers on projects across the country.

It's a natural paradise worth protecting and we're doing our bit. Can we count on your support?