Africa: Ground Zero
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, backed by organized crime syndicates, have evolved and routinely utilize military tactics and equipment to kill high-target species, such as elephants, rhinos, and gorillas. In the cross-fire, rangers are also killed.
The illegal wildlife trade is worth tens of billions of dollars each year and dramatically impacts legally operating businesses and tourism worldwide.