Foreign forces and private contractors are training and aiding “conservation armies” to protect endangered species and fight terrorism, but there isn’t much evidence of any link between the two.
US Army Marines conduct anti-poaching training with the Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux at the Pongara National Forest in Pongara, Gabon, Sept. 17. Credit: Official US Marine Corps photos by Staff Sgt. Ryan Nikzad
Conservation is becoming more militarised, and it is cause for serious concern. Rising rates of elephant and rhino poaching in Africa, and fears of a link between poachers and terrorists, have led to foreign national armies, private