Anti-Poaching. Community Empowerment. Education.
Game rangers across the globe are up against incredible odds. Their key problems stem from an overwhelming lack of support that can be broken down to inadequate funding, equipment, salary, and ultimately, low morale. Alongside other nonprofits and NGO’s, Soldiers for Wildlife is working to fill these gaps and focus on these rangers and their communities.
Given that this is a day to day life-threatening job for men and women, our goal is to first provide them advanced medical trauma care with our renowned trainers and work with other nonprofits to extend this medical care outside of our own rangers. One out of seven rangers is critically injured in the field. It is imperative we begin to fill these important gaps in order to support, protect and ultimately empower game rangers. SFW also provides gear and equipment desperately needed to these units so that they can perform their duties at the levels they are expected to. These are the people who protect our natural world, interact with tourists, respond to emergencies, patrol incredibly large areas around the clock on top of many other responsibilities, and against increasingly difficult odds. Help us help them! We stand with game rangers across Africa.
By supporting our organization, you are opening up more ways to reach ranger units across Africa. Your support helps us provide gear and equipment, assists in conservation missions in our areas of operation, as well as fund community-based projects that benefit both wildlife and our immediate friends and neighbors. We need to support rangers like we do other front line workers: police officers, firefighters, nurses etc.. We can’t do it without continued support from dedicated supporters and we are so very grateful for every donation we receive, large or small.
Join the fight, and help us help them protect what remains of our natural world. Game rangers’ ongoing struggle to protect wildlife and biodiversity is a struggle that is owed our help. Soldiers for Wildlife believes that we owe it to our natural world- it gives us the very air we breathe, water we drink, all the beautiful creatures we are blessed to share this world with, our loved ones and all we hold dear. It is our responsibility.
Conservation and Ecology Training
Game Rangers and Game Scouts are thoroughly trained and educated with access to the proper resources, adequate funding, equipment, and leadership is what will drive the success on the ground. There are many areas in which each game ranger/game scout must master to become successful as a unit. The skill set-sets our team brings to the table enable us to train our units at a high level in these areas we deem essential.
Community Empowerment is one of our key elements of this project. SFW believes it is just as important to support the human beings that live among the wildlife as it is to support the well-being and future of the wilderness. Soldiers for Wildlife has a very strict policy on whom it chooses to employ for jobs on the ground in Africa. If SFW is located in a given area, that area is where we will find and train our employees. Each year, we will also commit to one, or various projects (depending on budget) in the local community to provide basic infrastructure, healthcare, alternatives to poaching to provide food/financial income and access to the proper tools they need to create a better life for their people. Our goal is to create micro level economic success through for these communities centered around the protection of their heritage. This is the way forward.
Education is the cornerstone for positive change and turning the tide for our natural world. Education begins on the ground with our our employees for SFW and spreads into local communities, to social media and online discussions with groups, university students and boyscouts of America.
“ In the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.”
- Baba Dioum
We thoroughly believe that as an organization driven to create significant positive change on both a local level, all the way up to governments, if one of these elements is overlooked or excluded, one will not be fully effective. The illegal wildlife industry and poaching is not a simple task to combat. It is very deep and therefore requires fighting it on a number of fronts and through a variety of strategies. We believe the term ‘anti-poaching’ does not just mean boots on the ground. When we discuss anti-poaching, it is inclusive of everything we do to combat this issue including boots on the ground, community empowerment, and education. This problem will only be solved when the right organizations, governments, people come together for the common good and fight this from the ground up, and those responsible are held accountable.
These entities must be driven to create positive change and the world needs to understand just how serious of an issue we are up against. By simply sitting by and allowing our natural world to crumble, not only is an embarrassment for us as a species and not living up to the responsibility to look after those we share this planet with, but we are also ultimately destroying ourselves. We are in an extremely unique time in history allowing our natural world to fall apart due to simply greed, lack of education and a lack of will because in the West, our lives have become too convenient to care about anything that does not affect us directly. However, we have the power to change this trend for the good of the future of our natural world and our children. It is time to come together. Everyone is tired of hearing “we just do this NOW’. However, we challenge you to educate yourself on this crisis at hand and you can decide if we are exaggerating.