poaching in Africa
Since 2014 Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife has been taking
action against the illegal African poaching trade, using an 80 member team of post
9/11-Veterans from across the world, that is highly trained in anti-terrorism and
VETPAW was created by
Marine veteran Ryan Tate after watching a poaching
documentary on TV.
The film featured troubling scenes
of innocent animals being hunted
down and killed by illegal poachers
for their horns and tusks.
"The sad, but true story is, every day nearly 100 elephants are
butchered for their tusks, and every eight hours a rhino is shot dead
for its valuable horns" said Ryan Tate, CEO of VETPAW.
"The illegal poaching and trafficking
of African wildlife has become a
multi-billion-dollar industry and is
the third most valuable illicit trade in
On top of that, poaching is also highly organized and
VETPAW teaches park rangers and
local law enforcement how to patrol
correctly, including how to cover
huge areas with a small number of
Some rangers have to cover 100,000 acres with mountains, cliffs, and
rivers, so they quickly realized, that efficient patrolling was the safest
tactic for the animals as well as for the rangers.
Today, some VETPAW members fight side-
by-side with rangers, armed with night
vision scopes and military equipment, while
others educate people in the local villages
about the dangers of participating in wildlife
poaching and trafficking.
In eight years of service, the VETPAW team has encountered zero
animals suffering from poaching on the 57,000 acres the
VETPAW has trained more than
1,000 rangers in Sub-Saharan Africa
to enhance the patrolling of their
wildlife parks and keep poachers out
of the area.
Find Out More At https://vetpaw.org