Poaching Prevention - saving endangered species

Saving endangered species by equipping anti-poaching units with mapping, drone & surveillance technology, as well as training & tech support

We did it!

On 4th Jul 2017 we successfully raised £1,168 with 28 supporters in 56 days

Who we are...

Registered charity No. 1165334

Poaching Prevention is a not for profit charity; formed as a direct response to the surge in elephant and rhino poaching.

Our aim is to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and safety of anti-poaching teams by giving mapping, drone and surveillance technology, training and ongoing technical support to protected area authorities. Mapping software helps managers to make increasingly informed and strategic decisions about when and where to deploy their anti-poaching units; and drones provide an eye in the sky, making patrols more efficient, effective and safer. We also hope to deter poaching by offering rewards to communities living on the periphery of protected areas. 


Air support is crucial for surveying large wild areas.  Manned aircraft are expensive and costs can be prohibitive; in contrast, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) fitted with live-feed cameras are comparatively cheap to own and operate; making them an ideal aerial surveillance solution.

UAVs can also be used to conduct aerial surveys for conservation management. 

How our objectives can be achieved... 

By donating software, technology and training, we will enable cash-strapped protected area authorities and conservation organisations to have continuous access to unmanned aerial systems (UAS).  The benefits of this are threefold:

1.  Protected area authorities will no longer have to hire expensive UAS commercial contractors 

2.  Because the anti-poaching units will have permanent possession of the UAS, poachers won’t know when they are in operation or, more importantly, when they’re not, 

3.  When not deployed on anti-poaching operations the UAS can be used for other purposes such as animal counts and remote surveying. (This further cuts costs by saving on man hours and fuel)

Our Goals

To safeguard wildlife by supporting protected area authorities and partner NGOs in their anti-poaching operations and habitat-protection, through the provision of equipment, technology and training.

  • To assist natural resource and wildlife management by donating unmanned aerial systems, e.g. drones fitted with surveillance cameras, 
  • To provide specialist training, expertise and support to anti-poaching operations, 
  • To raise awareness amongst communities about the importance of keystone and ambassador species, *keystone species = species that maintain the balance of their ecosystem,
  • To deter poaching by offering inducements to local people (e.g. financial incentives and rewards such as beehives that will both, provide them with a saleable resource and act as a deterrent to wildlife that otherwise might raid their crops).

What does your money do?

Your donations will pay for vital equipment and training that will facilitate the protection of elephants and rhinos.  This includes: 

  • UAVs with accompanying on-board GPS and live-feed standard and infrared camera

  • Tactical Ground Control Systems

  • Handheld global positioning systems for rangers

  • Laptops,

  • Rechargeable batteries & solar chargers

  • Software

  • Specialist training


Impact on wildlife


Over 30,000 African elephants are killed by poachers every year.  The population of savanna elephants declined by 30% between 2007 and 2014

Poaching leaves broken elephant societies, comprised of traumatised juveniles and calves that have lost the opportunity to acquire the survival techniques normally passed on by mature adults.  Therefore, the impact of elephant poaching extends far beyond the animals killed.  A 2013 study revealed that poachers had killed 62% of Africa’s forest elephants.


The surge in demand for rhino horn has caused the level of poaching to dramatically increase over the past decade. Today, there are thought to be fewer than 30,000 wild rhinos left in the world.  If poaching continues at its current level the death rate will soon exceed the birth rate, and rhinos will quickly become extinct in the wild.


South Africa is home to more than 80% of the world’s rhino population.  Poaching increased there by a staggering 9,000% between 2007and 2014. 

Poachers generally don't bother shooting a wounded rhino again to kill it, either because they're concerned that another gunshot will give away their position, or because they want to save their bullets.  In such cases the poor rhino experience incredible pain and suffering while the poachers hack the hor from their face. Calves are often paralyzed or killed in order to prevent them from drawing attention to their mother's carcass.



Pangolins are the world’s most illegally trafficked mammals.  Hundreds of thousands of them are killed every year to feed the rising demand for its meat and scales; consequently, all pangolin species are in decline.  


In the last two decades, several factors have contributed to a more than 40% decline giraffe populations.  The rise in giraffe poaching is a trend that further threatens this group of animals.  


More About Us...


We strongly believe that the protection of vulnerable species and threatened habitats is a global responsibility, and that the cost of protecting them should not be borne solely by those countries in which they are present.

We also believe that conservation work should not be for profit.  Therefore, we are committed to keeping our overheads to an absolute minimum so that donations given are spent on implementation rather than excessive administration costs and high salaries.  

We’re committed to openness and transparency; therefore, we’ll publish our expenditure annually and upon completion of each project.




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