British Army help tackle illegal wildlife trade in Zambia

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Soldiers from the Welsh Guards on a live foot patrol with the Zambian Specialist Anti-Poaching Unit (SAPU) North.

35 British Army soldiers, from 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, are providing support to the Zambian government as part of their counter poaching operation to help tackle the illegal wildlife trade in Kafue National Park.

On Op CORDED 9 the British Army have been delivering two mandated courses, following Zambian Government request for training under the MOU.

The two training courses delivered are; The Counter Poaching Instructors Course (CPI) and the Conservation Data Analysis Course (CDAT).

Photographer: Sgt Chris Morgan – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

This week soldiers from the Welsh Guards demonstrated the culmination of months of training Zambian Park Rangers as they deployed on their first live foot patrol with Specialist Anti-Poaching Unit (SAPU) North.

Park Rangers that had been trained on the Conservation Data Analysis Course (CDAT) by the British Army, identified areas of poacher activity for the joint patrol to take place.

Op CORDED 9 is funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Photographer: Sgt Chris Morgan
UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

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