IAPF is pioneering some of the greatest initiatives our world has AND needs right now. Not only does the protection of wildlife protect human health - it has also become an opportunity to work WITH local communities rather than against them, and that has been a mission of IAPF. I look forward to supporting more milestones that IAPF will reach as the years go on.
Amazing organisation who are passionate about conservation of our wildlife and eco system. Awesome women bringing awareness to people around the world that we all have the power to change things for the better, even in these challenging times. Really brave, courageous, empowered women... may they long continue, Amen í ˝íąŹí Ľíż»
IAPF is doing incredible work in educating people about the harm done to animals and how it negatively impacts humans too. They create jobs by training and empowering people (especially women) to stop poachers. Their work affects us all as global citizens and inspires us to work together make this world a better place. The documentary 'Akashinga' gave us a glimpse of their important work.
The team at IAPF are doing an amazing job protecting vulnerable wildlife from poachers. Keep up the valuable work.
The work that the IAPF is doing is groundbreaking! Conservation through the work of community development and the empowerment of women is what I called the 'triple threat'. Maximum impact for my regular donations. Keep up the great work!
Volunteered with IAPF in Vic Falls many years ago. To see such a passionate and amazing team grow has been Incredible, this expansion and ability to train so many more rangers helps to save black rhinos from extinction. Incredible worthy cause
I have donated money and did fundraisers for IAPF. They are so devoted to their cause and so personal in their communication.
I will continue to support them as much as I can.
Ten years ago I stumbled across Damienâ€™s interview on 60 minutes and how one day he decided to dedicate his life to protecting wildlife. At the time I did not have any understanding of the illegal wildlife trade and how poaching was rampant in parts of Africa with little protection for the animals. Damien and IAPF gave me hope that someone was out there fighting for the wildlife. Iâ€™ve enjoyed watching IAPF grow over the years. I am proud to support IAPF and hope that many more organizations like it will come to fight and protect the amazing wildlife.
I've been following the IAPF for years after watching the founder, Damien Mander, share his story in a TED talk. The work this organization is doing to save our planet's wildlife from extinction is admirable, inspiring and actually gives this animal-lover hope. Not only are they making a significant impact on the rhino and elephant populations in Africa, they are providing meaningful employment to the incredible women, the Akashinga, they recruit to do the work in the field.
I hosted a fundraiser for the IAPF in 2018 and had the opportunity to meet and host Damien during his time in California to raise awareness and funds. He is the real deal. His schedule was insane and he showed up in full force to educate and inspire. He has dedicated his life to protecting our planet's majestic beasts from meaningless, violent, greed-motivated deaths.
IAPF is a wonderful organization. They have a unique conservation model that is both efficient and effective. I am very impressed by everything they do.
They do an amazing job for the animals, and with integrity and respect for the locals. First class operation.
After working with conservation nonprofits for more than 30 years, it is refreshing to find a group like this. People who remain focused on what matters - mission over ego, results rather than glitter.
This is EXACTLY what wildlife and wild places need!
The IAPF is a wonderful charity that works to protect threatened wildlife in Africa like rhinos and elephants. It's founder, Damien Mander is a former Australian special forces sniper veteran of the recent war in Iraq and a former instructor of Iraqi security forces. He now uses his unique expertise to train conservation rangers in Africa. The flagship of the IAPF is Akashinga ( "The Brave Ones"), a group of courageous women who work with Damien to build up local communities and patrol areas where poachers and trophy hunters are known to operate. Through these tactics, Damien and Akashinga are working to help ensure that magestic animals like rhinos and elephants never vanish from the wild.
Last year, I had the privilege of hosting a benefit event for the IAPF where funds were raised to support this great cause and awareness was raised for the outstanding conversation efforts of the IAPF and why their work is so important. I thoroughly enjoyed working on this event with the IAPF and I look forward to being able to do more to assist them in the future. They are a fantastic organization who are easy to work with and the work that they do is so important. I hope more and more people help them out in the future!
Joe's Cowtown Photos
Actions speak louder than words. IAPF is an organization driven from the heart, with presence in Zimbabwe and scaling elsewhere in Africa, including SA, Kenya, and Mozambique.
I had the opportunity to meet Kelly (US Director), Vimbai (Lead Ranger in Zimbabwe), and Damien (Founder) at a fundraiser event, and saw firsthand how they work together and support one another as a team. They shared their very different life stories and how they have come together to rally around common conservation goals to protect endangered and highly trafficked animals. This is being achieved with significant impact in the region.
Their all-female team of rangers (named Akashinga or â€śThe Brave Onesâ€ť) are effective, community-driven and are accomplishing anti-poaching objectives from an empowered set of tactics and principles. I am a monthly supporter and encourage others to be the same. If you have the chance to attend an IAPF event, Kelly, Vimbai and Damien are accessible, thoughtful and kind. Godspeed in Africa, IAPF. For the animals!
IAPF won my heart and my trust in a very short time. I saw and still see proof of what they are accomplishing. Saving and protecting animals while empowering women and the community. Their model is working by engaging the people with their environment and teaching and training them how to keep the model moving forward. There is more conversations and understanding and education about a more sustainable way of living. Instead of anger and conflict that could be deadly, for both humans and animals. I have seen the proof. Damien is the real deal, he walks the walk not just talks the talk. He is humble and straightforward. I have seen Vimbai, a Ranger who had basically no self esteem become a dignified, soft spoken ,yet powerful force for change. I absolutely love how she holds her head up high and has a "proud" and confident presence about her. I have been involved with a lot of non-profit organizations ( through hands on volunteering and reading and watching which ones are legit and stick around ( since the 1980's), and I have seen and heard a lot of what can go wrong. I have learned that you can not simply say to residents "stop poaching". because that is their way of life and what they know. However, Damien has been very successful at forming a sustainable model which gives an alternative way to survive, through training rangers( he has extensive and impressive qualifications to do this.) Empowering women, saving animals and working with the community, not against them. I feel proud to have learned about and to be connected to something that encompasses my beliefs and morals. Honestly, It gives me hope. Being involved with animal advocacy for many years can bring me down and feeling helpless. I see accomplishments with IAPF. Also, This Organization is based in Africa, but it has connections that include the whole world.
What an amazing group of people! I've had the pleasure of meeting Damien and hearing him speak at several events in the Bay Area. He is beyond committed and passionate about saving these beautiful creatures from exploitation and extinction. The Akashinga rangers are also truly awe inspiring. Many of these women rangers come from violent or abusive pasts. Supporters of the IAPF have the satisfaction of knowing that their donation dollars not only help disadvantaged women provide for their families but also directly protect the wildlife in these regions. The community-oriented conservation methods of the IAPF are working and I was thrilled to hear they are expanding their programs and training more anti-poaching rangers. I am proud to support the IAPF because I want generations to come to be able to see rhinos and elephants thriving in the wild. Thank you to Damien and everyone at IAPF for all you do.
One of my greatest concerns is the loss of biodiversity on our fragile planet. I feel it is essential to save the other species & IAPF does that, efficiently & effectively. Damien Mander leads this organization with great passion & principles. The fact that women are the empowered protectors of the endangered species in their countries & are able to provide for their families because of their courageous work makes this organization even more powerful & worthy of recognition & financial support. I am certainly very proud to be a supporter & was thrilled to meet one of the rangers & see Damien again, as pictured here.
I found out about this non-profit through a dear family friend and as a long time believer in the importance actively protecting endangered species, I was excited to learn more. I showed up at the event, relatively uninformed, and can honestly say that I have rarely been as moved as I was that evening. I was particularly impressed with the multi-faceted impact that IAPF has on the community. I donate money to women's empowerment efforts and I donate money to nonprofits that aim to protect and save endangered species, so to be able to donate money to an organization that supports both of my favorite causes feels good. It is also good to see how women's empowerment is really an effective way to lift a community up and on top of that - IT IS EFFECTIVE. These women help to save the lives of so many animals. It is the definition of a virtuous cycle. On top of that, everyone that works with IAPF is passionate about the cause, including the donors/supporters - it is wonderful to see such high engagement. The final point which impressed me, which is more around process and administration, is that from my perspective they are operating on a shoestring budget and mindful of how the expenses of fundraising should be dwarfed by what is spent on the cause. I believe that the people running the organization are great stewards of the funds raised, which is the icing on the cake.
The International Anti Poaching Foundation is one of the most unique, groundbreaking, and truly sustainable community driven non-profits that I have had the pleasure of supporting. Damien and the Akashinga are moving mountains in the name of anti-poaching initiatives around Africa; in addition to creating jobs and promoting women within surrounding communities. From fundraising events, to emails, and even through one-on-one conversations, Damien and the rest of the IAPF staff are always responsive, kind, and genuine. There is no doubt about their commitment to conserving Africa's biodiversity and inspiring others to do the same. I can only hope that their message continues to spread and that wildlife and ecosystems continue to benefit from their amazing anti-poaching work.
IAPF is doing such amazing work, not only to save africas wildlife, but giving women the opportunity to work and defend on the front line. Just incredible.
I met Damien Mander in South Australia in 2016. His sincerity and enthusiasm was obvious.....a vegan ex-soldier who gave up gis life here to protect African wildlife was pretty rare. Planning to do some fundraising to totally fund an Akashinga warrior for a whole year. Such a brilliant idea and I am sold on the organisation IAPF.
This is an amazing organization! I volunteered in Africa with them last year. The best experience of my life seeing what these rangers do everyday to protect wildlife. The people in this organization dedicate their lives to protecting animals and truly care about what happens to them. I highly recommend people donating to them because itâ€™s going to a great cause.
First heard of Damien a few years ago and was lucky to get the chance to meet him and hear from himself about the work he and his women rangers are doing. Heâ€™s one of the most incredibly dedicated and tireless conservationists I know. Definitely a group that deserves as much as we can give them to continue their work
Such an incredible group of people working to make change. I'm so selective of the charities I support and this is definitely one of them! Love the intersectionality of animal protection, the environment and women's empowerment!
I spent over two weeks volunteering with the IAPF rangers in the Victoria Falls area of Zimbabwe last October. It was an extraordinary experience. The total commitment of the rangers and staff of the IAPF to all animals and the African Bush as a whole was beyond description. I was honored to be a part of the Green Army" and look forward to being able to return again soon. Thank you all for what you do and who you are!!
A dedicated group of incredible humans doing their bit to stamp out illegal activities and poaching. Their commitment to conservation is world class.
IAPF is fighting a tough war to protect some of the oldest and most majestic creatures on our planet. The training and involvement of the local people is second to none and if you ever get a chance to see Damien speak when he's not on the front line do yourself favour and take the time to hear his and IAPF's story.
I first heard of IAPF when I saw Damien on a documentary talking about IAPF, as I work in Australia with Rhino I was amazed by his contributions to protecting this species. I also attended one of his talks in Adelaide and had him visit my place of work, Monarto Zoo.
His passion and true dedication is truely inspiring. Itâ€™s easy to sit back and hope for the best but this man dedicates his life to saving Rhino and Elephants in the field. His work is dangerous and sometimes life threatening. He has trained many others with his skills and together they truely do make a difference.
I have been a supporter of IAPF for a few years and recently I was lucky enough to meet Damien and hear his story first hand. Him and his Rangers are true wildlife heroes, they risk it all for the heart and soul of this planet.
I saw the story 5 years ago, and was so inspired and angry about what was happening with poaching; I signed up to volunteer. In 2013 I spent one month at the IAPF and got to see their work and dedication first hand. Twice a day, morning and night, I went out on patrols with the IAPF Rangers, who are so passionate about conserving and saving their wildlife. We walked slowly through the bush, looking for any signs of footprints, snares, someone trying to cut fencing or any signs of intruders in the park. During rests, the Rangers would teach me about African wildlife and what this means for them to be doing this job. It is not a job for them but an honour and a privilege. I was taken to see the Rhinos they are protecting, sighted giraffes, elephants, antelope and even a painted dog during my stay.
Having stayed the month, I felt part of an extraordinary team working to protect wildlife for future generations, and the Rangers and staff their made me feel welcome. I would recommend it for an amazing experience you will never forget. I am still a regular donor.
Damien Mander and his group of dedicated, tenacious, hard working team of rangers set an example for all of us. Their belief and unwavering commitment to the protection of wildlife is a shining example of what can be achieved when people work together.
I met Damien when he first arrived in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and where his small idea grew into a highly respected international charity.
Damien has changed everything about the way he lives and works to the betterment of animals everywhere.
He trains and equips rangers to carry out dangerous tasks in difficult situations. He fills them with his enthusiasm and passion knowing that he can rely on them to protect all species, not just those that are endangered by the greed of fellow humans.
He has researched and searched for answers to the never ending cycle of poaching and it is a tough problem to solve.
The IAPF team are some of the best trained and equipped rangers and we all need to help him and them to continue to provide a service to stop these illegal activities.
There is never enough that we, who sit in air conditioned offices and dream of seeing elephants wandering the plains of Africa, can do to help Damien and the IAPF.
The IAPF's Akashinga team, in June, successfully caught two poachers who have been eluding police for a number is years. This is a team of female rangers who completed training in October 2017. Just another example of how effective the IAPF has been in empowering men and women in Zimbabwe to protect the wildlife for the benefit of their communities and the rest of the world.
I donated during the holidays and I shared an article about the women rangers with my friends because I thought it was awesome. But then, this organization took my donation AGAIN in January even though I did not say I would make a monthly donation! I know I did not because I never do. I donate small amounts to a lot of conservation organizations and I never allow them to take money from my account...ever. Now I have emailed many times, to a couple of different IAPF addresses. They do not list a phone number with the withdrawal. I cannot find a phone number inside the USA on the website. No one has replied to my emails. I am not on Facebook. Now, I have to cancel my credit card just to keep them from taking my money each month. What a pain. It makes me never want to donate to an African organization again!
I first met Damien almost 3 years ago, a charismatic determined young man on a mission! Â Learning what a life changing event this cause has been for him, and knowing how dedicated he is to protect rhinos and elephants till the last one standing, has inspired me to be more committed to IAPF than to any other cause. Â I support many environmental and wildlife causes, but as I know the organization and its founder first hand, I know where every one of my dollars is going! Â Then as now, Damien seeks out backpacker dormitories when traveling to ensure that as much of the funds donated for the front lines, reach the front lines! Â I applaud Damien and his rangers, and am grateful that there are a handful of caring souls who are willing to die for their cause! Â Thank you Damien and IAPF.
Damien took the bull by the horns when he decided to establish IAPF and his approach has shown incredible results. To me it is always important to know what moves someone to change their lives so drastically and dedicate it so completely to save another species. Itâ€™s passion and compassion and a healthy dose of anger and Damienâ€™s TED talk has all that and more. Watch it if you havenâ€™t https://youtu.be/9FCsyK4aRXQ. Itâ€™s beyond inspirational! Weâ€™re lucky and honored to be working with him this summer on a special photo project that will feature his and other conservationistsâ€ť work.
The IAPF changed my life. The careful, intelligent work of Damien Mander and his rangers in southern Africa has successfully stemmed the tide of poaching in the areas they have targeted. Against the odds, the IAPF have found a way to hold the line between poaching syndicates and some of the world's most vulnerable animals and in doing so showed me that conservation needs to be highly strategic for it to be successful. As the spokesperson for IAPF, Damien represents a team of highly skilled and committed African rangers who risk their lives to protect wildlife beloved to us all. He takes the time to speak with people from all sectors of society, including school students. As a vegan, Damien demonstrated that it's within my power to save animals on a daily basis without even leaving my house and I am proudly following in his footsteps in that regard. He's been a great mentor, showing me how much difference one Australian can make in conservation if they are really willing to give it a go. I'm proud of him. IAPF have my full financial and emotional support and my heartfelt gratitude.
I donate to IAPF on a regular basis because the organisation is invaluable. The rangers who work on patrols risk their lives every day to save the beautiful Rhino. Not many people would put their lives in the line to protect an endangered species. Besides this, the organisation also educates people and raises the awareness of the Rhino's plight. I wish every human being would care as much about what we leave for our children like Damien Mander, the world would be a much better place!
I volunteered with IAPF in March 2017 for 2 weeks and wish I could have stayed longer. It was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I came away from my time there with far more than I could have ever imagined. I learnt so much from all of the team on the ground and also the other volunteers who I have formed great friendships with. The Rangers are a highly skilled team and they were happy to educate all the volunteers and make us feel at home in their environment. I looked forward to every day I spent there as they were never the same. I feel fortunate to be in a position now to tell others about my experience and promote the great work IAPF is doing. I will continue to support them in every way possible and hope to return in the near future. If you have the opportunity to hear Damien talk - do not miss out, do not hesitate, go!
The IAPF do such amazing things. I was lucky enough to see Damien Mander talk in melbourne and he really lit a fire in my heart to do something. He has put his whole soul into preserving the precious rhinos left in Mozambique and other parts of Africa's Following his talk my friend and I put on a fundraiser that helped to raise $30.000. We were so proud as this is such a necessary cause.
I have worked in the non profit sector for over 30 years and can wholeheartedly testify that IAPF is one of the most effective NGOs I have ever encountered. The reason for their success is clear. Motivated, well trained and equipped rangers on the ground guided by top of the line tacticians and data diagnosticians is getting the job done like no other outfit out there. And its lean and impactful operation makes every cent of every donor dollar count - offering tangible results to its supporters at every turn. Give all you can. And get out there in the bush and see them in action - you won't regret it!
Impressive foundation that gets real results where it matters the most! May it continue to grow and help put an end to the brutal suffering caused by poaching. They have my support!
Being someone who was uneducated/unaware of the plight of both Rhinos and the anti-poaching community, hearing Damien speak opened my eyes up to a world I knew very little about. Education is one of the most important steps in conservation, and for that reason I rate my experience with the IAPF very highly
I have been especially concerned about the plight of Rhinos for a few years now. Since learning about the amazing work the IAPF have been doing in Africa I am so grateful for the impact they are having at reducing poaching rates. They are on the front line protecting Rhinos against organised poaching syndicates. Not only do they train and support rangers to know how to locate the poachers and prevent attacks on Rhinos, they also provide financial aid to the families of rangers who are hurt in the line of duty. They are soldiers fighting a very real war and need all the support they can get. I don't want my children losing their most loved animal on the earth.
Hearing Damian Mander speak in Adelaide recently has increased my passion for animal conservation. I can't speak highly enough about Damien and the IAPF.
Mel, Adelaide, Australia
A few years ago i volunteered in Zimbabwe for a month because i wanted to have extra "boots on the ground" and assist anyway i could against poaching of our beautiful wildlife . It was such an amazing rewarding experience to see real front line conservation in action with committed compassionate rangers. I still continue to donate regularly and promote IAPF whenever i can. Will i go back? You bet!! I recommend it to anyone. You may be one person - but you can make a Difference. Thanks Damien x :)
I've followed and donated to the IAPF for about two years now. These days it seems everything just gets worse for animals, especially endangered ones. It can feel like you can't make a difference. So to find an organization making a demonstrable difference to actually reduce the horror in the first place is fantastic! Fully support these guys. Long may they range!!
In Sept 2016, I volunteered with IAPF in Zimbabwe for 3 weeks and it was a life changing experience! The organisation FAR EXCEEDED my expectations, the work we did was AMAZING and had a genuine impact on the survival of a species, it was so special to be part of something MUCH BIGGER than me. IAPF looked after me when I got sick there, and were extra aware of my when I was the only female at camp. The skills and theory we learnt while there is second to none, my experience with IAPF will stay with me forever and I share it with as many people as possible and promote IAPF any chance I get. Thankyou Damien and the team for changing my life!!!!
110% totally committed foundation with amazing progress and results due to the unwavering commitment from all levels of the organization and generous donations from people who care. There is still a long way to go in educating the world and preventing poaching criminals. Be a part of the force to save our innocent creatures of the earth.
I have been lucky enough to experience the Green Army program and have seen first hand the work that the IAPF are doing. I am proud to be a continued ongoing supporter, and can't wait to see everyone involved continue to go from strength to strength. The IAPF are not sourcing a quick fix to a problem, they are setting long term goals that are both sustainable (by means of training leaders) and strategic to ensure the survival of wildlife.
I have been supporting the work of the IAPF through regular donations over the course of the past 3 years, and will continue to do so.
I originally discovered the incredible work Damien Mander and his team have been doing through a familiar animal rights charity in Australia back in 2013.
As well as building and maintaining the operations in Africa; Damien travels across the globe in order to raise further awareness for the cause. IAPF is transparent with sharing the results they have accomplished in reducing poaching of endangered Rhinos in key areas.
Myself and other donors can rest assured knowing that the vast majority of the funds donated will go to fight the cause directly, and what an important cause it is.
Over many years the IAPF has continued to evolve and grow. Their successes are a shining example to what can be achieved with commitment and good old fashioned hard work. This doesn't come cheap and it relies on each and everyone of us to make monetary donations to maintain its momentum.
Damien has the tenacity to carry on, despite or in spite of the odds, he and his team need our help.
IAPF with Damien Mander
seriously committed is an understatement.....hard work right from the front line field to research and active education and securing funding.... these people never rest and are highly trained and highly committed to empowering and enabling local communities to support and protect, wildlife, habit and culture with an ethical approach of care and preservation. Damien and his team are an inspiration that has created pure and honorable dedication... we are proud of him as an Aussie and we are extremely proud that he has chosen to further his career by dedicating it to vulnerable species that face extinction at a rapid rate. He and his team have successfully joined the ranks of numerous teams and networks and this working together is seeing a greater and strengthened force in combating illegal poaching with skilled anti-poaching, and rescuing and rehabilitating injured and orphaned wildlife. This years rhino poaching stats are enough evidence that we just cant have enough of all of what these people do and we hope for this to continue and grow further.
I spent Sept 2017 with the team in Zimbabwe. I signed up cause I always wanted to spend time in the African bush but wanted to help with conservation and not just go on a safari. I had no idea what to expect when I signed up but was incredibly happy I did. The team on the ground was incredibly accommodating and well educated. The accommodations were perfect for the bush and the food was good! Our daily patrols were full of constant learning, tracking, trailing, camouflage, animal habits, diet, poaching techniques etc.
It was by far the best group I have worked with and hope to return in the future.
I met Damien Mander a few years back when I was really just interested in learning more about Africa and the organizations that were supporting the community there, and of course those protecting wildlife. There are no words to describe how impressive, benevolent and determined this man is in his efforts to protect our world's most vulnerable wildlife. I quickly realized that Damien and his organization, the International Anti-Poaching Foundation, are the real deal and I have been happily supporting him/it ever since. It has been an honor to serve as a an unofficial ambassador, and from what I can see, the level of interest and followers is only growing stronger. In fact, a group of friends and I are geared up to volunteer at the IAPF camp in Zimbabwe this September 2017! I volunteer, fundraise and support many important causes, but the International Anti-Poaching Foundation has risen to the very top of my list. It is worth supporting and I will be doing so until the very last Rhino is safe. -- Kelly Vitko
These rangers are fighting on the front line in the war against extinction. I have seen their work first hand, in the depths of Africa. They are responsible for the continued survival of so many species within the National Parks in which they operate, including Rhinos and many others that are on the very edge of existence. Conservation of critically endangered species cannot occur without the protection of those that remain in the wild. These men and women put their lives on the line, to achieve this.
I found out about IAPF through a conference talk by Damien Mander, a man with a great heart who decided to dedicate his life to fight poachers in the African bush. He is on the frontline of these life threatening operations and he has all of my admiration for the fantastic work he and his team are doing.
Biodiversity is suffereing from humans and climate change. We (humans) are plagued with greed and selfishness and there are the small percentage who care. Those that put their life on the line every day to help those who cannot defend themselves from our ruin.
IAPF is run by passion, dedication and honesty. They tirelessly are fighting a war against poaching to secure habitats and species for our future generations can enjoy.
We all need to collectively work together to sustain the future of the planet.
This is an incredible organization that is working to protect rhinos from poaching and extinction. Heartless humans kill these majestic creatures just for their horns, often leaving the rhino babies to die in the wild. Sadly, because there is profit to be made, poachers have even broken into zoos to kill and still the rhino horns.
Fortunately, IAPF is doing great work to advance protecting the rhinos, but the work is very dangerous, sometimes costing Rangers their lives. The rugged terrain also adds more challenges to their already overwhelming task, but fortunately they have been able to raise enough money to obtain some equipment to help navigate and transport them to areas of immediate threat.
With so many challenges facing the creatures in the world today, it is wonderful to know this organization exists and is doing this tough job.
For anyone who is able and willing to financially help IAPF, your generosity will enable them to carry on their work, and help the rhinos live in a safer environment.
IAPF provides world class training and support to anti-poaching Rangers. These folks have a great reputation in the Tracking and Conservation communities, and are very transparent about their successes and challenges. They are on the front line of conservation in some very remote places. They are worthy of any help you can give.
I have supported a variety of non profits and like to make sure my donations make a difference. Two things that really strike me about the IAPF is the level of transparency, and the no-frills, direct action approach. Damien Mander lives what he believes and his personal commitment and sacrifices - although I'm sure he wouldn't describe them as that - are inspirational. IAPF has a very clear focus on rhinos and this is because they are the hardest to protect - if the land is safe for rhinos, other species flourish too. The other thing about IAPF that appeals to me is the recognition, via training, equipping and accrediting, they give to the local rangers who put their lives on the line every day to protect these animals for all our benefit. Those guys on the front line are doing a mighty job against enormous odds. We should all pitch in and help however we can.
I volunteered with IAPF in 2014 in Zimbabwe and have great respect for what they do and the incredible support they give to the rangers that protect the animals in the park. There is no frills and the money they raise goes for much needed equipment for patrolling and monitoring the park to keep out poachers. There were no poaching incidents while I was there and that is mostly because no poacher will take on the IAPF - they will go elsewhere. They also have a park they protect in Mozambique, but I was told it was too dangerous there to have volunteers. In addition to protecting the wildlife in the park, they help locals who are having conflicts with wildlife and they train and network with other anti-poaching professionals as well.
After watching the Ted Talks I was deeply moved, inspired and called to action to help such a great Vegan warrior. There are few in this world that step up to be in action for others, even fewer for animals, even fewer who put their life on the line such as this great soul. IAPF IS making a difference in our world. I am honored to be a donor to empower such a truly VITAL organization and man. You inspire me and my work.
I've personally connected with Damien and several members of his team. I've had a chance to drill down through their operation. The results they are achieving are outstanding and far exceed those of any group or government agency. Thousands of rhinos and elephants are killed illegally every year. Stopping poaching not only protects these incredible animals it also protects the entire ecosystem of which large non-human animals are an integral component. I, without hesitation, urge you to support their efforts by any means possible.
As a professional who works each day on African conservation, I know first hand the severe threats faced by African wildlife and habitats. Global criminal networks profit from illegally slaughtering keystone species like rhinos, elephants, and lions in unsustainable numbers. Without committed, well trained, and courageous anti-poaching rangers who place themselves in harm's way on a daily basis, these animals will disappear before our eyes. This is where an organization like the International Anti-Poaching Foundation steps into the void to make all the difference in biodiverse and critically-threatened African ecosystems. IAPF's direct action approach, combined with ranger training and education, in countries like Zimbabwe and Mozambique has generated profoundly impactful results. This small organization does a lot with a little for the benefit of all. Please consider supporting them.