Anti Poaching Initiative

Over the last few decades, many of Africa's most renowned species, specifically the rhinoceros and elephant, have seen unprecedented declines.  The poaching epidemic that started in the north of Africa has swept its way south, leaving behind it the skeletons and dust of what was once thriving populations of these iconic African species.
 
For decades, committed individuals have fought a war in Africa that has had limited support, moderate attention, and even less success.  These men and women on the front lines are passionate and have worked tirelessly; many paying the ultimate price.
 
The one thing we have found is that almost every single gameranger in Africa comes from a wildlife background not a military background and its through necessity that they find themselves on the front line of the fight day in and day out -
 
They need assistance.  What they need and want is a kinetic assistance solution that will change the paradigm of the battlefield in their favor.  Have no doubts, this is a war - a war the world is losing. This is a crisis that needs to be fought like a human crisis, not a wildlife crisis.
 
Today, game rangers execute 85% or more of the anti-poaching measures across Africa.  To protect the wildlife of their homelands, these game rangers with naught but basic training and the most basic of equipment, have chosen to put their lives on the line every day to fight an enemy whose methods are as fluid as they are persistent. This battle continues to be lost on all fronts and by all forces, due to the lack of advanced training, access to the equipment necessary to level and tip the field, and a lack of follow-up support to ensure forward momentum is continued.
 
THESE ARE THE HEROES OF CONSERVATION AND WE NEED TO SUPPORT THEM.
 
Our alliance has identified a small team of highly skilled personel , men who have operated in the highest possible capacity and who have been considered leaders within their fields - employs a small team of personnel who have all served our nation at the highest levels and are considered leaders within their fields.  And we are determined to make their knowledge and expertise available to the gameranger on the front line …
 
DOGS
This is a buzz word in recent years , many many antipoaching teams on the front line have specialized and very expensive dogs at their disposal…that said , you very seldom , if not never hear the conversation about dog handlers and the crucial training that they require – I have had the great fortune to call some of Americas most effective “dog men” my friends , indeed these are men who have so very effectively “cracked the code” on how to select exceptional handlers and in turn how to train them to handle the K9 asset in a truly massively effective way –
 
A K9 ASSET IS A TEAM CONSISTING OF A DOG AND HANDLER , ITS NEVER JUST THE DOG.
 
Our goal is , using several platforms in Africa to set up this as a “skills transfer” where these veterans of the K( worls can indeed put as much effort into the human element of a K9 team as we traditionally put into the dog .
 
TRAINING A DOG HANDLER IS AS IMPORTANT AS TRAINING A DOG –
 
HOW WILL WE TRAIN
Considering our knowledge and experience in Africa, including many visits to poaching hot spots, we have developed a four-point proof of concept phase:
 
1) ASSESS
2) EQUIP
3) TRAIN
4) SUPPORT  
 
In this phase, by working with the most effective training team on the ground today, we will co-operate an initiative designed to not just stop poaching, but to also develop a blue print for the tactics, techniques, and procedures that will be effective and fully accessible to other similar entities and areas requiring protection for wildlife.  We believe this is the ultimate solution to a problem that has been raging across Africa for over 40 years, resulting in certain species being pushed to the brink of extinction.
 
We have identified a few skilled passionate individuals who collectively have well over 200 years of training, technical, and tactical experience. The first step will be to ASSESS each project; this will involve working with the guys on the ground and subsequently looking deeply into the training they are receiving –with a view to identifying what is working and what is not – and what can be built upon.
 
Secondly the equipment issued to rangers will be assessed in accordance with the terrain they are operating within – as an alliance we will augment this to get them to the point where they are fuilly effective with everytjing that they need – this is the EQUIP phase.
 
Providing exceptional equipment will not help at all unless that equipment is in the hands of men and women who are very effective in its use and this the third phase is to TRAIN them hiow to most effectively use the equipment within their prodcedures to be a lot better at what they do  
 
Fourthy , as the teams are now fully trained and well equipped to deal with issues in their field , we will now support them with regular training visits , equipment maintenance and replacement and ongoing exploration of lessons learned.
 
 
“WITHOUT EXCEPTIONAL TRAINING AND EXCEPTIONAL EQUIPMENT, EXCEPTIONAL PEOPLE BECOME MEDIOCRE.”  
 
We will not show you just images of Game Rangers sporting new gear; we will not just show you images of Game Rangers at a practice session with our trainers .  Although you will see those things, MOST IMPORTANTLY, we will show you measurable improvements in each project you support and with which we work.