The illegal wildlife trade is a multi-billion-dollar a year ‘industry’ that is destroying our planet.
Not only that, but poaching, the logging of forests and other environmental crimes fund criminal networks and a variety of illegal activities including terrorism.
Poaching of wildlife threatens not only the species involved but whole ecosystems and, in some cases, the stability of countries.
Global Guardians Volunteering was started to help combat this threat by providing a range of volunteer programs from anti-poaching efforts, training people to protect our wildlife on the front line, to a black rhino breeding program in Zimbabwe.
Global Guardians Volunteering was founded by Dustin Thompson after he volunteered as an anti-poaching ranger in Africa for three months in 2015.
Experiencing the situation on a local and international level he saw the need for more boots on the ground in order to make a bigger difference.
His decision to volunteer as an anti-poaching ranger made sense in light of the skills he learned while serving in the Australian Army as a rifleman and the chance to use those skillsets to help protect wildlife.
The first anti-poaching group Dustin volunteered with proved to be a huge eye opener on the industry and the people involved and, while he says it was a rewarding experience, he felt there was much left to be desired from his trainers.
His experience confirmed the need to guide people more carefully if they decide to volunteer in this or other areas of conservation.
In 2017, Dustin visited Africa again to find a more suitable anti-poaching organisation to work with and to visit other volunteer programs Global Guardians Volunteering would be promoting.
He wanted to see their operations first hand and meet the people involved.
The mission and vision of Global Guardians Volunteering is to better prepare those who want to volunteer in conservation – but, above all, help to reduce the decline of wildlife.
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