African Wildlife

African Wildlife Defence Force

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IndustryPrivate ranger services contractor, Environmental protection
FounderJean Kiala
HeadquartersNgidinga, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Chokwe, Mozambique
Area servedAfrica below the Sahel
ProductsRanger training, Close quarter training, and specialist rural security services
ServicesAnti poaching, Wildlife management, Forestry management and Agroforestry consulting
RevenueDecrease US$ 10 Million
Number of employees350 (10 volunteers)

The African Wildlife Defence Force (AWDFAfrika Wildsweermag (Afrikaans), Force pour la défense de la faune sauvage Africaine (French), Força de defesa da vida selvagem Africana (Portuguese), Kikosi cha ulinzi ya wanyama pori barani Afrika (Swahili), 非洲野生動物防衛軍 (Chinese, traditional), 非洲野生动物防卫军 (Chinese, simplified)) is a private elite park ranger and anti-poaching organization based in Dungu, in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. AWDF uses direct action tactics to protect wild life and rainforests. The organization was founded in 2012 by Jean Kiala, a horticulturist and forester. It serves as an alternative to regular park ranger organizations who struggle with corruption, and seeks to eliminate the increasing levels of violence which poachers face.

Truly inspirational and humbling

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