Badass Afghanistan Vet Helps Rangers Hunt Down Poachers In Africa


The fight against illegal poaching in Africa is extremely frustrating – both because of the irreparable damage that poachers cause and because most of us are powerless to do anything about it.
However, for this war veteran reality is very different. She refuses to stand down against poachers is a great lesson for us all!

Meet Kinessa Johnson

She helps African park rangers track and capture illegal poachers

Serving for 4 years in the US Army as a weapons instructor and mechanic has given her the skills she needs to train them

“I patrol routinely with them and also assist in intelligence operations”

“Our intention is not to harm anyone; we’re here to train park rangers so they can track and detain poachers and ultimately prevent poaching.”

She works together with other veterans through VETPAW (Veterans Empowered To Protect African Wildlife)

“Most of the time anyone that is in a reserve with a weapon is considered a threat and can be shot if rangers feel threatened”

“Our goal is to prevent trigger pulling through strategic movements and methods of prevention.” She says she’s not a “poacher hunter,” but a trainer”

VETPAW works primarily in East Africa