The plight of rhinos in Southern Africa has been taken up by two organisations who aim to curb poaching by offering a complete doctrine and training to anti-poaching units (APUs) in Arica for free.
The partnership between African Lion & Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) Wildlife Protection Unit and Rory Young of Bannon-Tighe Global Assessment Group extends their existing work in this area of conservation. The free training, financially supported by sponsors, is offered to Africa’s anti-poaching units (APUs) in a comprehensive way to bring the practice of poaching under control. Further, the doctrine, A Field Manual for Anti-Poaching Activities, utilises existing local resources and personnel with objective and low-cost solutions. ALERT also announced a partnership with Chengeta Wildlife to extend fundraising efforts in support of this programme.
Commenting on the need for this approach, professional tracker Rory Young said organisations often end up latching onto expensive technology, some super-warrior as the magic formula. “This is just not the answer. Poachers are often skilled fighters, and are past masters at not being found. It is a game of cat and mouse, and it needs the right cats,” he said, with 25 years of experience supporting his declaration. “A comprehensive doctrine is needed that addresses all the problems; and offers objective and inexpensive solutions.”
A Field Manual for Anti-Poaching Activities is available in both English and French and was developed by Young and a number of security professionals with experience in investigations, special operations, law enforcement, and S.W.A.T. training doctrines.
The combined experience of these contributors has created a doctrine capable of tackling poaching at the market, in transit and on the ground.
The doctrine and training covers three broad areas of expertise required in effective wildlife protection:
- Pro-active and reactive investigation techniques to understand the movements, areas of operation and modus operandi of poachers;
- Surveillance and tracking skills to locate the poachers; and
- Apprehension techniques to ensure a safe and effective method to capture poachers.
Training is conducted within local and international laws and adapted to local conditions and sensitivities. Wherever possible, local trainers are used and training of local individuals, able to provide future training, is always the primary goal. The doctrine and training are transparent and made available to local authorities in advance, and their input and advice requested prior to commencement.
This partnership is already being implemented. Trainers have been dispatched to the Gache Gache area of Zimbabwe where 21 scouts involved in anti-poaching activities with five different organizations are receiving training to enhance their effectiveness. In May training shifted to another location in Zimbabwe. Numerous countries and anti-poaching units across the continent of Africa have expressed an interest in receiving training under this partnership.
Together with financial assistance from the global community the group can implement wildlife protection programs that utilise the best knowledge available to tackle one of the greatest challenges to Africa’s wildlife.
To support this initiative, make a donation here (reference one's donation “APU”, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate donations to this project).