Anti-poaching units in South Africa are requesting your help.
On the front lines of the battle to protect rhinos, South African game rangers put their own lives at risk on a daily basis. The enemy? Well-funded and heavily armed rhino horn syndicates with a generous payroll and an unlimited budget.
Unfortunately, the good guys on the ground are operating with very limited resources, often without the basic necessities.
It turns out that while South Africa has all the expertise needed to train and run anti-poaching units, game rangers and scouts are battling to get the necessary equipment for extended stays in the bush.
APUs in need of equipment
Although anti-poaching units have attempted to use civilian camping kits, backpacks, and boots, these items have not stood up to the rigors of daily operations and are generally worn out in just a few months.
In order to improve ground coverage in South Africa, anti-poaching units need military-grade basics. The public is encouraged to help by donating the following equipment or by providing anti-poaching units with military surplus contacts.
Suggested items (military grade):
- Military backpacks
- Day packs
- Water bottles and carriers- Firebuckets
- Web belts
- Combat Trouser, shirts, socks CAMO DPM- or olive drab ( military green or khaki)
- Bushhats Camo DPM or olive drab (military green or khaki)
- Boots – flat sole or desert type
- Groundsheets – olive drab or camo
- Bivy bags or small two-man tents
- Water bladders
We have been informed by Major Jack Greeff and Kevin Bewick of Anti-Poaching Intelligence Group of Southern Africa that the Game Rangers Association of Africa will verify the legitimacy of any APUs receiving equipment or donations.
For additional information, please contact Kevin Bewick directly at kdbewick (at) gmail (dot) com
Source: K. Bewick, J. Greeff