Who We Are
The organization was established to directly support anti-poaching efforts on the ground in Africa, as a result of a wave of support for wildlife expert and professional guide, Rory Young.
In consultation with experts in investigations, special operations, law enforcement and more, Young developed a new approach to combatting poaching.
Conventional anti-poaching methods are borrowed from military and other sources. Poachers, though often skilled fighters, do not conduct military campaigns and are highly adept at evading detection: Conventional military practices do not apply.
A comprehensive doctrine was developed specifically for the complex and organized crime that poaching is, that addresses all its facets with effective, objective and inexpensive solutions.
This doctrine is what Chengeta Wildlife teaches, and is explained in A Field Manual for Anti-Poaching Activities.
Training is conducted within local and international laws and is adapted to suit local conditions and sensitivities. The doctrine is easily harmonized with standard operating procedures, local laws and organizational structures.
We strengthen those who protect wildlife and promote harmony between man and nature through a philosophy of RESPECT.
We are working towards this overall goal through our current programs and by building partnerships to implement others. Together, these are:
Rules, laws and regulations: Ensuring that the necessary laws and penalties are in place, that prosecutors have the knowledge and means to prosecute and that magistrates and judges fulfill their functions.
Education and outreach to ensure that the current generation and the next are aware of the need to conserve wildlife and protected areas.
Social pressure to deter and prevent wildlife crime: Working through traditional and religious leaders to positively influence local behavior.
Policing: Ensuring that rangers have the knowledge and skills to stop and deter poaching and trafficking.
Economic incentives and community engagement to reduce poaching : Working with dedicated partners to assist the most vulnerable groups in and around protected areas.
Community of man and nature: Building a harmonious relationship between communities and protected areas by resolving human-wildlife conflict.
Tools, technology and infrastructure: From providing essential equipment to rangers, to training in how to repair broken fences, to planning road networks in and around parks to best serve anti-poaching activities.