The first all female anti-poaching unit

Wildhood Foundation proudly supports Akashinga – the world’s first fully armed, all female, anti-poaching unit managed and trained by the 
International Anti Poaching Foundation. These brave women form the first and last line of defense for nature in the area they operate. Their mission is to protect one of Africa’s largest remaining elephant populations in the Lower Zambezi valley, Zimbabwe. This is a critical area that have lost 40% of its elephants during the last 16 years. 

The Akashinga project employ females only and solely from the local rural communites. The unit favors the most disadvantaged women; previous orphans, victims of serious sexual assault and abuse, and women who have lost custody of their children. By empowering these women and offering them a job, this program does not only protect nature and wildlife. It also help people by building the economy in the community.

A growing body of evidence suggests that empowering women is the single biggest force for positive change in the world today. A women invests up to three times as much of her salary back in her household and family compared to a man. This help develop the rural communities, reduce poverty, give families better access to health care and increase education level as children stay in school longer. A winning concept for both animals and people!

Support a female ranger today! 

A one year sponsorship for one of our rangers is 44 000 SEK and this covers the cost for 12 months salary, training, education and personal development such as driving lessons.

“Rangers are the first and last line of defence for nature. The opportunity to support and empower these brave women 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 and thankful to Wildhood Foundation for their support”, Damien Mander, Founder of the IAPF, comments.

Illegal Wildlife Trafficking & Anti-Poaching

Wildlife crime is sweeping the planet. The illegal trade in wild animals is considered to be 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 ranger is no easy task. It is hard work physically and mentally. Rangers are in the field for long periods, away from their families for weeks, risking their lives to protect the nature and wildlife. In our eyes, they are the biggest heroes on our planet!

Rangers have extreme skills in visual tracking, which remains the primary means of gathering information about criminal activities in the area they protect. A ranger can track and identify minute clues even on the most difficult 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.

Other work that Wildhood support

Dog Patrols

Dogs patrol the bush with their handlers, sweep for snares, carcasses, spoor or any unusual activity. They watch the fence lines and the gates, to make sure no suspicious vehicles enter the reserves. Read more here!

Air Patrols

Aerial surveillance aircrafts are used to assist with the locating of poachers and animals to quickly deploy ground rangers to the spot. Aircrafts is crucial element in order to cover big areas and direct ground units to the right areas. Read more here!