Tac Trac are funded privately and by various NGO’s who share our profound concern at the wanton destruction of our wildlife. Their mission is to provide a superlative training platform for theory and practical courses as well as to create and equip APU’s (Anti-Poaching Units) with relevant skills and appropriate equipment which will radically enhance their effectiveness in the field and their safety.
We are absolutely committed to providing superlative training for the industry in South Africa, to a standard by which others will be measured. Our base of operations is at the 1,385 hectare nature reserve ‘Rangers Reserve’ in Touwsrivier in the Klein Karoo desert of the Western Cape. The reserve has been designed specifically as a training environment for anti-poaching rangers, and provides excellent facilities both indoor and outdoor. It is as beautiful as it is challenging.
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My name is Wally, I served in the Royal Australian Regiment and saw active service in Afghanistan. After my last time away I decided that was enough and I discharged from the military. I didn’t leave on good terms as I was angry and just wanted out.
I struggled and continue to struggle daily with civilian life, there was no real transition program in place and when I left the military I was told ‘good luck, you will fail and be back’. I made it a point after hearing this that I would not return.
My passion has always been wanting to help my brothers and sisters I had served with however I could, and this is where I started the social media group Help A Digger Out. I saw that countless people would reach out to me and ask for help or advice and the struggles they faced were always pretty much the same.
This began a journey for me to get involved and really help the veteran community out and I had an extreme passion for it. Over the years I have done my best to help people however I can.
I want to share my stories with you all in the hope that you can take something away from them and realise that IT IS OK TO NOT BE OK.
I hope you enjoy my journey and stories and please feel free to reach out if you ever want a chat. For more on Wally’s story and if you need someone to chat to visit https://wallyschinwag.org/
Rachel is a photographer and journalist based in Western Australia who joined Global Guardians on our last visit to Africa to document and promote the amazing work Tac Trac are doing to train anti-poaching rangers. Rachel continues to promote conservation long after our trip in her podcast interviews and articles she writes.
You can listen to her most recent podcast here.
Follow Rachel on Instagram @fieldnotes_