Boots on the Ground
Wildlife crime is sweeping the planet. The illegal trafficking of wildlife is now one of the world’s largest criminal industries, with repeated links to organized crime and terrorism networks. High target species such as elephant and rhino are being hunted to extinction for the value of their tusks and horn.These animals are the most difficult to protect, as poachers go to the most extreme lengths to kill them.
Safeguarding them with rangers on the ground is the core business of anti-poaching. However, being a game ranger is no easy task. It is hard work both physically and mentally, often under paid. Rangers are out in the field for long periods, staying away from their families for weeks and risking their lives every single day to protect our wildlife.
Rangers have extreme skills in visual tracking, which remains the primary means of gathering information about criminal activities in their protected area. An expert tracker can track and identify minute clues even on the most difficult and hardest of surfaces – from the hardest rocks to the thickets bush. They are trained to identify and follow human tracks, while catching up in speed to make an arrest.
Ground patrols are useful in order to:
Follow up and spot actual suspected poachers.
Quickly deploy ground rangers where there’s animals in need.
IAPF is Wildhoods chosen partner on the ground
Wildhood raises funds for and supports the rangers of International Anti Poaching Foundation that form the first and last line of defense for nature in their area of operation. They operate in Mozambique, along the border of Kruger National Park which one of the most critical areas in the world when it comes to rhino conservation. The Greater Lebombo Conservancy is a main buffer for up to 40% of the world’s remaining rhinos in Kruger National Park. The section of the border where IAPF is active since 2009 has been almost closed down to rhino poachers, who previously used the area as a main access route into Kruger from Mozambique.
“Rangers are the first and last line of defence for nature. The opportunity to support these brave warriors is a great privilege and we hope the rest of the world can join us in this mission. I am very proud of the team and their achievements”, Damien Mander, Founder of the IAPF, comments.
Without the right training, equipment, management and support rangers cannot defend our world’s natural heritage for future generations. If we don’t join and give our support to the rangers who risk their lives daily to meet this responsibility, then we have little hope for long-term preservation of the natural world.
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International Anti Poaching Foundation core business is to safeguard high target species such as elephant and rhino that are being hunted to extinction. These animals are the most difficult to protect, as poachers go to the most extreme lengths to kill them.
Anti-poaching rangers form the first and last line of defence for nature. Without the right training, equipment, management and support they cannot defend the World’s natural heritage for future generations.
The IAPF fulfills this niche responsibility within its areas of operations, working alongside credible partners who specialise in the other vital components of conserving protected area biodiversity.
The requirement for inspiring urgent action towards the safekeeping of the planet cannot be overstated. This responsibility should transcend all levels of industry, business and society as we strive for a generation of people that give, not take. Increasing pressure on the world’s natural assets is simply not sustainable. Whilst the IAPF understands the big picture, they also understand where they fit in, and that is stopping the hemorrhaging of these resources at the front-lines of the World Wildlife War.
Direct action anti-poaching is a vital component of any successful conservation formula where poaching is a threat. Without the support for the rangers who risk their lives daily to meet this responsibility, then we have little hope for long-term preservation of the natural world.
IAPF works through direct action such as:
- Anti-poaching ranger training
- Conservation security plans
- Anti-poaching operations
- Wildlife crime information systems
- Specialist technology and systems for anti-poaching operations
- Field equipment procurement and supply
Other types of patrols we support at Wildhood
Patrol dogs walk in the bush with handlers, sweep for snares, carcasses, spoor or any unusual activity. Read all about the important work they do here.
Light sport aircraft as aerial surveillance aircrafts are used to assist with the locating of animals quickly in order to deploy ground rangers as protection for these animals.
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