Protect, educate, empower! The reasons to volunteer with Veterans for Wildlife are many and manifest. Whether it be rhino and pangolin, through elephant and on to lion and even giraffe, Africa's wildlife is under extreme threat. Poaching, low-level wildlife crime and habitat destruction are all applying unsustainable levels of pressure on to our natural heritage.

At the heart of this issue are people. Across the continent, there are Field Guides, Game Rangers and Anti-Poaching Units working tirelessly to reverse the siege. These organisations and individuals face a daunting and dangerous challenge - often outnumbered, outgunned and lacking in material support.

And this is where Veterans for Wildlife and you, the prospective volunteer, come in! Former service personnel possess a wealth of hard-won knowledge and experience, which is often not entirely or adequately employed in the civilian sector. Our projects offer volunteers from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to give something back to an undeniably worthy cause.

As we have already seen, Veterans for Wildlife projects have a meaningful and direct impact on the men, women and wildlife at the receiving end. And you can be a part of it - changing someone or something's life for the better!

And the benefit doesn't just flow one way. Deploying to Africa with Veterans for Wildlife is a fantastic and unique opportunity for prospective volunteers. Africa is made up of many magical environments, and we have witnessed the genuine and positive impact that being immersed in its beauty has had on individuals. Even more so as they make the often challenging transition from service to civilian life.

More than this, though, Veterans for Wildlife projects have a tangible outcome for our volunteers. We provide civilian work experience - a vital stepping stone - as well as continuous professional development opportunities - through our partners. Indeed, Veterans for Wildlife 'alumni' are eligible for a host of career courses from UK-based providers and, on numerous occasions, have even been offered permanent placements in Africa at the culmination of their volunteer role.

Importantly, unlike many organisations, all we ask of you is your time and energy. There is no significant financial outlay or fee expected of Veterans for Wildlife volunteers. Just as you are there to support the Rangers and wildlife on the ground, Veterans for Wildlife is ultimately here to support you. To encourage you to and assist you in pursuing your ambition to help prevent wildlife crime.

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