Help end poaching in Africa


See our impactAn endangered elephant

Over the last 13 years, we have supported or led 50+ conservation initiatives and now manage over 8.5 million acres of wilderness saving countless wildlife.

Trusted and seen on

Trusted and seen on

It is critical we protect THE natural world.

The ecosystems that balance our climate and make life on Earth possible are under extreme threat. Without sufficient action, we are destined to take millions of species to extinction.

There has never been a more critical issue in the history of human civilization than the immediate protection of the natural world.

Our vision is the protection of the natural world.  

With big global environmental challenges, we need big solutions. Taking on some of the largest biodiversity conservation projects on the continent, the IAPF delivers ecological stability and long-term protection of large-scale wilderness landscapes by supporting and empowering local communities.

Connect: through scalable, innovative landscape conservation

Protect: through sustainable community empowerment programs

Restore: through effective leadership, research, & partnerships

Protecting nature at scale is one of the greatest ways to mitigate climate change and future pandemics. Join us today by taking back the future through community-based nature conservation.

Our staff helping a rhino

Our Programs

Akashinga Rangers - All women rangers


Indigenous and Community-Led Conservation

Akashinga is a community-driven conservation model, empowering disadvantaged women to restore and manage large networks of wilderness alongside their local communities, as an alternative economic model to trophy hunting.

Our goal is to manage and protect 30 million acres by 2030, employing over 2000 women and empowering 10's of thousands of local community members.

Lead Ranger - Our training program

LEAD Ranger

International Conservation Leadership

The LEAD Ranger program delivers tailored training, long-term support and mentoring to develop wildlife crime-enforcement leaders and instructors who remain based in the ecosystems they are protecting.

This program is a collaborative initiative by the IAPF, the Thin Green Line Foundation, and Ranger Campus. Our goal is to train rangers that collectively protect 50 million acres.

Our rangers being trained in the field

Founded in 2009, the International Anti-Poaching Foundation has transformed a traditionally adversarial approach to conservation into an innovative, empowering and gender-diverse model to protect wildlife and habitats.

Our conservation organization is a leader in on-the-ground solutions for nature conservation, protecting and restoring nature in ways that contribute both to national conservation strategies and the empowerment of indigenous communities.

Other groups employ different tactics to help stop this practice, but the IAPF takes a multi-faceted approach. IAPF doesn’t simply help stop poaching from afar, but instead works from the ground level with the people who live in the area that needs protection. Through our programs, we train and educate women who live in the community, providing them with steady income and employment as rangers, as well as other occupations.


By giving local women the skills they need to support themselves and their families, they become empowered.

Guidestar LogoGreat Non Profits Top Rated 2022

This enhances the community in numerous ways. For instance, it can encourage children to stay in school, improve health care, reduce disease and poverty, increase life expectancy, lower the risk of rape and sexual assault, and support structured family planning.

At IAPF, our programs work. For example, 62% of the operational costs involved in the Akashinga model flow directly back into the community, with 80% reaching the households of the rangers. By helping local communities protect their land, we not only care for the wildlife but also develop and empower women and their families.

Our rangers after a great day helping save endangered animals

Follow our progress and witness the
difference we are creating.

Surprised by Joy: How Songo is Negotiating a New Narrative

Surprised by Joy: How Songo is Negotiating a New Narrative

Read More
A Wild Place to Grow: Recognizing the Power of Local Community Impact

A Wild Place to Grow: Recognizing the Power of Local Community Impact

Read More
Ranger Report First Edition 2023: Creating Conservation Career Pathways
Field Notes

Ranger Report First Edition 2023: Creating Conservation Career Pathways

Read More
View more stories