Across much of Africa, anti-poaching tactics have remained largely unchanged for decades. Small groups of under trained and poorly equipped rangers are sent out for days on end to conduct patrols in remote and dangerous locations. Modern-day poachers have evolved and routinely utilise military tactics and equipment to kill high-target species, such as elephants, rhinos and gorillas. In the cross-fire, rangers are also killed. Seeing this shortfall, the IAPF set out in 2009 to fill the gap.
The IAPF has a structured approach to conservation, employing the relevant tactics and technology to defend wildlife from the ever increasing threat of poaching within protected areas. Anti-poaching however is only a portion of the conservation solution. To be a part of successful projects, the IAPF works alongside partners who specialise in community engagement and development, research and development, wildlife rescue and biodiversity management.
Anti-poaching protects community assets, creates jobs, promotes training and education and reduces habitat destruction. In the many water stressed countries of southern Africa, future generations will depend on these critical natural environments for their very well-being.
IAPF has long been at the forefront of preventing illegal wildlife trafficking and just recently, they launched a new project called “Akashinga” (meaning “the brave ones”). The new project empowers previously disadvantaged African women by employing them to protect wilderness areas, instead of relying on trophy hunting as a means of income.”