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A better approach to wildlife conservation.

In response to the urgent poaching crisis facing in Africa, the African Wildlife Defence Force (AWDF) serves as an alternative to the regular park rangers organizations which struggle with inadequately equipment, inadequately training, corrupt rangers and increasing levels of violence with which poachers proceed. Rangers are our frontline troops in the battle against poaching, They daily put their lives at risk. And thus we want to set the ranger standard and welfare across Africa.

Quick response capacity due to highly flexible projection vectors.

Small units, that are equipment ready, to respond to any type of emergency, typically within ten minutes or less, with a main mission of security and reconnaissance.

International response initiative

We ensure the men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting Africa’s creatures and wild places get the respect and support they deserve.

The AWDF consists of an international team of experts, all originating from various background. We complement each other by a variety of expertise. Our rangers or frontline staff involved in operations and patrolling come from e.g.; the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Kenya Forest Service (KFS), South African Navy (SAN), South African National Defence Force (SANDF), South African National Parks (SANPARKS) but also private anti-poaching units, game farms and horticulturists. Highly educated people with some a degree in nutrition and dietetics management, business and IT, wildlife health and management, criminal justice, criminology and forensic studies, commerce, zoology and herpetology, architecture and water engineering. But also cab drivers, construction workers...

Our instructors come from the French Foreign Legion, US Army and US Secret Service.

Our advisory board or intelligence staff consist of environmental specialists and former officers of the Belgian army, French army, South African Air Force (SAAF) and South African National Defence Force (SANDF). Being an AWDF ranger is a career to be proud of!

Highest military standard trained park rangers

Good is not enough, good means average! We want the best. Our rangers get a Legionnaire style training to perform covert and difficult missions. They endure more rigorous physical training after basic training. And must stay in top physical condition at all the time. Or they may lose their ranger status.

Skills and equipment adapted to extreme situational contingencies

HF and international team communications, trauma life support medical equipment and combat medic certified personnel , long and medium range weapons, all terrain and armored versatile transportation assets with qualified drivers , airborne and airmobile projection capacity.

Active branches of the AWDF

  • Anti-Poaching Unit (APU)

    The APU is an unit consisting of AFR rangers which are working in support-reconnaissance units. Small teams are using informationgathering techniques and are deployed for a period of 18 days at a time. APU’s conduct patrols by performing random ambushes, do de-snaring, game sightings, infiltration, and tracking & arresting of suspects.

  • Special Operations Task Force (SOTF)

    The SOTF is an unit consisting of selected rangers who are in charge of mobilizing resources or missions based on their servicespecific knowledge. Members of the SOTF are selected from the SFR units of the AWDF. After the main Advanced Forces course, a Special Forces operator will train three specialties. These are free fall from high altitude HAHO/HALO, underwater fighting skills and operating in mountainous terrain. Also, they all have to choose a team specialty: communications, explosives, armament, medical training or sniper. The SOFT have to perform reconnaissance and surveillance missions in small groups deep into enemy territory, enact small offensive actions to arrest people, or to sabotage or impound materials. They are also trained to gain intelligence disguised as a civilian.

  • Wildlife Crime Unit (WCU)

    The team’s aim is to support other organizations in the fight against illegal ivory trafficking and other environmental issues. And target wildlife criminals such as ivory poachers and rhino horn smugglers. It will build an intelligence network in order to reign in the activities of major criminal gangs and terrorists who use wildlife as a source of income.

  • Wildlife Emergency Response Unit (WERU)

    A mobile veterinary unit has been set up to provide fast response insitu treatment for animals in distress. It is equipped with all required drugs and firearms to immobilize and treat small and large wild animals. Other tasks such as disease screening, population surveys and game capturing falls in their jurisdictions.

  • Airwing

    The AWDF is working on their own air wing. Currently we are working together with small flight operators from Bangui M'Poko International Airport (CAR), Goma International Airport (DRC) and Wau Airport (South Sudan) where we lease Cessna 206 aircrafts.

  • Convention on African Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna & Flora (CATES)

    This working group was formed in protest against the disastrous policies of CITES. In this group we work on wildlife law enforcement and promote non-conventional livestock farming like Insect farming, Crocodile farming and Game farming. We also examine the pros and cons of rhino horn farming.


    Services list

    - Anti-Poaching Patrols
    - Armed Reaction
    - General Security
    - Camera and Surveillance
    - Animal Sanctuary
    - Game farming
    - Wildlife Trading
    - Wildlife Management
    - Forest Management
    - Plantation Establishment and Management
    - Community Development