Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife
Iconic and irreplaceable species such as elephants and rhinos are being slaughtered to the brink of extinction. The goal of Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife is to help end the African poaching crisis and conserve endangered species.We do this by utilizing the unrivaled skills and experience of post-9/11 U.S. veterans to train park rangers and support their communities. We:
Provide meaningful employment to skilled U.S. military veterans and utilize their expertise to train and support Tanzanian anti-poaching rangers and their communities.
Prevent the extinction of key African wildlife and the disastrous economic and environmental impact it would have.
Promote U.S. diplomacy and relationship-building in East Africa through sustainable community engagement.
VETPAW collaborates closely with rangers, national parks, and government agencies. This includes working side-by-side with anti-poaching patrols, implementing infantry tactics, unit cohesion, medical skills, and other game-changing tools in the modern poaching war. We ensure that rangers have the best equipment to fight well-armed poachers by repurposing excess U.S. military supplies.
VETPAW promotes capacity- and relationship building in East Africa, elevating the perception of the military at home and abroad, while helping prevent the extinction of keystone species and ecosystems, and its catastrophic economic toll.
The specialized expertise and commitment of our vets dovetails with the dedication of Tanzania to preserve its most valuable assets.