WHAT WE DO
APU / Ranger training
ICORP runs its own Anti-Poaching Unit (APU) in Mozambique. This is a unit of highly trained local individuals who have worked either in the military or law enforcement for many years. This team is dedicated to the protection of wildlife and is solely funded by ICORP. ICORP’s APU provides assistance on the ground through anti-poaching measures, intelligence gathering/communication and the arrest of poachers when necessary. ICORP employs, trains and equips rangers to protect wildlife in the reserves it is called upon to assist. ICORP believes that through its focus on ranger training and community uplift projects it will help bring an end to the poaching crisis in Southern Africa.
ICORP will identify the needs of a wildlife area and put specific anti-poaching methods in place to secure that area. In-house training and orientation is given on the front lines. Survival skills and bush training is provided by our senior team members out in the field. Ongoing briefings and updates in the latest available gear and equipment is paramount. ICORP’s team has several years’ experience in front line training, bush lore and survival. Our APU also works and builds relationships with the relevant authorities and organizations in Mozambique. Our aim is to disrupt the criminal activities of well-equipped poachers who are not only clever but callous and to help bring them to justice.
The poaching crisis
Out in the field, ICORP comes face to face with the mafia-style poaching syndicates who are actively slaughtering the flagship species of Southern Africa to fuel and fund illegal activities (weapons, drugs and child smuggling…) all over the African continent. These gangs supply Asian markets with Rhino horn and Elephant ivory to be used as status symbols (rhino horn is ground to a powder and added to drinks in Vietnam, elephant ivory is carved for sought after heirlooms in Asia and the Middle East) or in traditional medicine. In 2016, 1054 rhinos were poached in South Africa to supply these markets. ICORP aims to stop the slaughter of our natural heritage by standing on the front line.
Our APU team is funded solely through donations and fund-raising.
We need money for uniforms and field dress (the gear that each man wears and carries) and for the equipment used in the field to ensure both the capture of poachers and the safety of our scouts/trackers. Funding is needed to supply adequate technology: from GPS units, night vision goggles, thermal imaging and drones to K9 detection, tracker dogs, communications equipment, and more. Each team member is an asset to ICORP, we want him/her to have access to the best equipment so that they can be most effective in the fight to save rhinos, elephants and other wildlife.
ICORP is also committed and dedicated to assisting our ranger families and their communities who are often abused, and whose men folk are forced to poach by gang ringleaders. We go to the areas where these people are under siege and offer them support with a special emphasis on the health of mothers, children and infants. Funding is needed to support key social projects and tasks. Educating our communities is a fundamental part of our drive to stop poaching. By providing much needed materials and training, we are changing the mindsets of these people and helping them to understand that eco-tourism rather than poaching is the answer. We are doing this by providing communities with birthing kits, clothing and mosquito nets. We assist with water reticulation, building classrooms and provide other wellbeing initiatives. ICORP is making a difference but funding is needed to cover the needs of these communities in a sustainable and well managed way. We have already identified a variety of requirements in Mozambique, a country that is recovering slowly from a 20 year long civil war.
WHO WE ARE
INTERNATIONAL COALITION OF RHINO PROTECTION is a charity organization registered in Australia.
ICORP was founded, to ‘stand in the gap’ for the conservation and protection of key flagship species in Southern Africa. We are a dedicated group of individuals who want to bring about a change within unprotected reserves in Southern Africa. Often wildlife in these reserves is a soft target for poachers. Our goal is to employ, train and equip rangers to stop the slaughter. There is no time to wait…poachers are currently killing rhinos and elephants in their thousands, so much so that in as little as 15 years there could be none of these animals left…
We are setting up a platform for volunteers from all around the world, from all walks of life, to get actively involved in the fight against wildlife poaching.
• We have volunteers who are actively involved in APU work on the frontlines and help with arrests, patrols, communications intel and ranger training.
• We have volunteers that are involved in PR, spreading the word and raising awareness and funds.
• We have volunteers who are dedicated to growing and supporting our ranger communities.
There is much to do and a place for everyone to make a difference.
We invite you to JOIN THE TRIBE, and raise your hand to help ICORP make a difference.