ICORP has a Counter Poaching Unit deployed in the Balule Game Reserve South Africa, part of the Greater Kruger National Park complex, protecting free Ranging rhino and elephant. 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 as ICORP is a not-for-profit organization registered in the US and Australia, all funding is provided by generous wildlife warriors of the world – you and your friends. This assist and keeps this unit operational and in the field.
ICORP’s APU provides assistance on the ground through anti-poaching strategies, intelligence gathering/communication and the arrest of poachers when necessary. ICORP trains and equips rangers and sees to the welfare of its Ranger team, who protect wildlife in the Reserves where it is called upon to assist. ICORP believes that through its focus on ranger welfare, equipping and training, as well as the community uplift projects will have a positive and lasting effect and will help bring an end to the poaching crisis in Southern Africa
Our aims and methods
- Save and protect all wildlife, especially rhino and elephant in the areas of our operations.
- Identify the needs of a wildlife area and strategize and implement specific anti-poaching methods in place to secure that area.
- In-house Training and skills development and to equip local men and women to be deployed on the front lines to protect wildlife.
- 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 CPU also works and builds relationships with the relevant authorities and organizations in and around the Balule Private Nature Reserve.
- Disrupt the criminal activities of well-equipped poaching syndicate gangs who intimidate and mislead the local communities.
- Enhance the skills and social abilities of our communities and to improve their living conditions and create sustainable economies.
The poaching crisis and the way forward
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 to be used as status symbols (rhino horn is ground to a powder and added to drinks in Vietnam, is carved for sought after heirlooms in Asia and the Middle East) or in traditional medicine. Over 7000 rhinos were poached in South Africa to supply these markets. ICORP aims to stop the slaughter of our natural heritage by becoming a disruptive and deterrent force, working on the on the front line.
How to help in this crisis
Our CPU Rangers is funded solely through donations and fund-raising.
We need funds for month to month operational needs, food, 5 salaries and fuels. 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 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 skills of building including classrooms, clinics and gardens to plant and harvest vegetables. We also provide birthing kits, clothing and mosquito nets. We assist with water reticulation 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 the Balule Private Nature Reserve, an area with free ranging rhino and elephant, under pressure from poaching syndicates on our boundaries.r.
We have volunteer programs designed to cover conservation and community with a special healing aspect for veterans from all over the world.
COME WITH US ON A JOURNEY OF HOPE…TO ULTIMATELY SAVE THE ICONIC SPECIES OF SOUTHERN AFRICA. WE ARE RELIANT ON THE VOICE AND SUPPORT OF PEOPLE ALL AROUND THE WORLD.