ICORP run their own APU based in Mozambique, in the Lebombo Conservancy covering over 100 000 hectares close to the boundary of South Africa’s Kruger National Park. This unit of highly trained individuals has been operating for over 2 years and is in place to assist all wildlife owners. ICORP’s APU provides assistance on the ground with anti-poaching measures, intelligence gathering, communications, and the arrest of poachers in the required area. This team is available on a 24/7 reaction to go anywhere in Southern Africa. It will operate on a minimum of 3–12 months period. The HQ is based south of Massingir and is under the leadership of Marc McDonald who is highly skilled and experienced in anti-poaching and wildlife reserve management.
As an organization, 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 and bush knowledge is provided by our senior team members out in the field. Ongoing briefings and training in the latest available gear and equipment is paramount. ICORP’s team has several years’ experience on the front lines and therefore specializes in (the fields of) front lines training, bush lore and survival. Our APU works and builds relationships with the relevant authorities and organizations in Mozambique, to ultimately be victorious over a clever, callous, elusive and well equipped enemy. It combats mafia-style poaching syndicates who are currently slaughtering the flag species of Africa to fuel illegal weapon and child smuggling all over the African continent. These criminal activities supply Asian markets with Rhino horn for use in traditional medicine and with ivory for the carving markets. ICORP aims to stop the slaughter of our natural heritage.
Our APU team is funded solely through donations and fund-raising. Money is needed to cover uniforms and field dress (the gear that each man wears and carries) and 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, and we are proud of our team’s involvement in this 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. We work behind the scenes on key social projects and tasks. Educating our communities is a fundamental part of our drive to stop the poaching. By providing much needed materials and training, we are changing the mindsets of these people and helping them to understand that 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 and South Africa.
Come with us on a journey of hope to ultimately save the iconic species of Southern Africa!