OUR MISSION

Our mission is to train, advise, and assist rangers worldwide in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade by deploying new techniques and technologies to maximise their impact on the ground.

We want to ensure that endangered species have a place on our planet. We help wildlife conservation by providing anti poaching ranger training.

THE PROBLEM

“From 2007 to 2014, South Africa saw a 9,000% rise in rhino poaching with the largest growth seen in the Kruger National Park, one of the last bastions for wild rhino populations.”

There is no single solution to the multitude of problems caused by the illegal wildlife trade, and the scale of the issues means there is always more work needed to combat them; so, illegal trade flourishes.

The extinction of species has reached an unprecedented level this decade. While climate change and deforestation are having a major impact, for many iconic species like the African Elephant or Rhino, illegal poaching is the primary reason they are facing extinction. If we want these all-important species to survive for our children and grandchildren, we need to protect them today. 

The international trade of wildlife goods starts on the ground through illegal poaching. We aim to cut off the flow of goods at the source through a combination of community initiatives and training and assisting wildlife rangers on the ground.

THE PROBLEM

“From 2007 to 2014, South Africa saw a 9,000% rise in rhino poaching with the largest growth seen in the Kruger National Park, one of the last bastions for wild rhino populations.”

 

There is no single solution to the multitude of problems caused by the trade, and the scale of the issues means there is always more work needed to combat them; so, illegal trade flourishes.

The extinction of species has reached an unprecedented level this decade. While climate change and deforestation are having a major impact, for many iconic species like the African Elephant or Rhino, illegal poaching is the primary reason they are facing extinction. If we want these all-important species to survive for our children and grandchildren, we need to protect them today. 

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The international trade of wildlife goods starts on the ground through illegal poaching. We aim to cut off the flow of goods at the source through a combination of community initiatives and training and assisting wildlife rangers on the ground.

THE PROBLEM

From 2007 to 2014, South Africa saw a 9,000% rise in rhino poaching with the largest growth seen in the Kruger National Park, one of the last bastions for wild rhino populations.

There is no single solution to the multitude of problems caused by the trade, and the scale of the issues means there is always more work needed to combat them; so, illegal trade flourishes.

The extinction of species has reached an unprecedented level this decade. While climate change and deforestation are having a major impact, for many iconic species like the African Elephant or Rhino, illegal poaching is the primary reason they are facing extinction. If we want these all-important species to survive for our children and grandchildren, we need to protect them today.

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The international trade of wildlife goods starts on the ground through illegal poaching. We aim to cut off the flow of goods at the source through a combination of community initiatives and training and assisting wildlife rangers on the ground.

Our work focuses on two key areas which we believe are critical in tackling the mounting issues that critically endangered species face:

Providing training for wildlife rangers and building relationships with community partners.

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TRAINING

We’re providing anti poaching ranger training with the essential skills and equipment they need to operate safely and effectively on the frontlines of wildlife conservation.

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PARTNERSHIPS

We’re working alongside partner organizations, within local communities in the areas we work, to build stronger relationships and encourage sustainable, long-term conservation efforts.

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TRAINING

We’re providing rangers with the essential skills and equipment they need to operate safely and effectively on the frontlines of wildlife conservation.

wildlife conservation, Home, Wild Response

PARTNERSHIPS

We’re working alongside partner organizations within local communities in the areas we work to build stronger relationships and encourage sustainable long term conservation efforts.

OUR STORY

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Kevin Garrad

President & Founder

Kevin Garrad is an international Wildlife Ranger consultant and founder of Wild Response.

Born and raised in Hertfordshire, England, Kevin moved to the United States at sixteen-years-old where he obtained citizenship through his service with the U.S. Army. After serving eight tours of duty over eighteen years, including ten years as a ‘Green Beret’ in the U.S. Special Forces, Kevin retired due to his combat injuries and decided to devote his time to his childhood passion, wildlife conservation.

In 2016, with almost two decades of experience training foreign militaries and indigenous personnel in some of the world’s most dangerous and remote places, Kevin began training wildlife rangers on the frontlines of conservation in Africa. Next, he moved to Southeast Asia to support rainforest reforestation, Asian elephant rescue, and wildlife conservation projects. He also used this time to get closer to Asia’s illegal wildlife markets due to their role as global hubs for the illicit trade.

Kevin’s goal in life is to prevent endangered species from being pushed into extinction and to support Wildlife Rangers to the fullest extent possible. He wants to enable them to safely and effectively protect our planet’s remaining wild places and the incredible species that still reside within them.

By providing training and external resources to Wildlife Rangers in critical locations worldwide, Kevin plans to significantly impact their training’s effectiveness while providing the support and recognition they deserve. Kevin partners with governments, non-profits, and private entities to provide the most effective and informed training methods for each country and project location.

Kevin currently spends three-quarters of the year outside the United States, overseeing various Wild Responses projects – where he advises in wildlife conservation – and immerses himself in personal training through courses on conservation, non-profit management, and tactical skill progression.

Jeff Mazziotta is a specialist in effective field training.

Born in Houston, Texas, Jeff served in Iraq with the U.S. Army as a Combat Engineer. After finishing his service, Jeff went on to become a technical trainer and later program coordinator; conducting, and overseeing landmine familiarization and clearance training courses for the U.S. Army.

Wanting to amplify his impact, Jeff transitioned from the military world to the non-profit sector, becoming a Technical Field Manager for Mines Advisory Group. Working in Angola, Jeff was in charge of field operations of around 100 local staff in Lucusse, Moxico Province; including three clearance teams, a rapid response EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) team, and support staff including medics, drivers, and other personnel.  During this time, he was able to empower local staff, working together to successfully clear hundreds of thousands of square meters to turn dangerous minefields into safe usable land for people and animal use.

Jeff graduated from Temple University with a degree in Political Science, and a focus on Foreign Policy analysis. He has presented on US foreign policy decisions at global academic conferences and continues to research how weapons proliferation affects conservation areas and impacts the lives of people in post conflict nations.  Jeff’s goal is to empower local communities to make positive changes in their lives, whether it is through clearing remnants of war that impact both human and animal lives, providing high level training for rangers, or pushing for sustainable conservation policy on a national level.

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Jeff Mazziotta

Director

OUR STORY

wildlife conservation, Home, Wild Response

Kevin Garrad

President & Founder

Kevin Garrad is an international Wildlife Ranger consultant and founder of Wild Response.

Born and raised in Hertfordshire, England, Kevin moved to the United States at sixteen-years-old where he obtained citizenship through his service with the U.S. Army. After serving eight tours of duty over eighteen years, including ten years as a ‘Green Beret’ in the U.S. Special Forces, Kevin retired due to his combat injuries and decided to devote his time to his childhood passion, wildlife conservation.

In 2016, with almost two decades of experience training foreign militaries and indigenous personnel in some of the world’s most dangerous and remote places, Kevin began training wildlife rangers on the frontlines of conservation in Africa. Next, he moved to Southeast Asia to support rainforest reforestation, Asian elephant rescue, and wildlife conservation projects. He also used this time to get closer to Asia’s illegal wildlife markets due to their role as global hubs for the illicit trade.

Kevin’s goal in life is to prevent endangered species from being pushed into extinction and to support Wildlife Rangers to the fullest extent possible. He wants to enable them to safely and effectively protect our planet’s remaining wild places and the incredible species that still reside within them.

By providing training and external resources to Wildlife Rangers in critical locations worldwide, Kevin plans to significantly impact their training’s effectiveness while providing the support and recognition they deserve. Kevin partners with governments, non-profits, and private entities to provide the most effective and informed training methods for each country and project location.

Kevin currently spends three-quarters of the year outside the United States, overseeing various Wild Responses projects – where he advises in wildlife conservation – and immerses himself in personal training through courses on conservation, non-profit management, and tactical skill progression.

wildlife conservation, Home, Wild Response

Jeff Mazziotta

Director

Jeff Mazziotta is a specialist in effective field training.

Born in Houston, Texas, Jeff served in Iraq with the U.S. Army as a Combat Engineer. After finishing his service, Jeff went on to become a technical trainer and later program coordinator; conducting, and overseeing landmine familiarization and clearance training courses for the U.S. Army.

Wanting to amplify his impact, Jeff transitioned from the military world to the non-profit sector, becoming a Technical Field Manager for Mines Advisory Group. Working in Angola, Jeff was in charge of field operations of around 100 local staff in Lucusse, Moxico Province; including three clearance teams, a rapid response EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) team, and support staff including medics, drivers, and other personnel.  During this time, he was able to empower local staff, working together to successfully clear hundreds of thousands of square meters to turn dangerous minefields into safe usable land for people and animal use.

Jeff graduated from Temple University with a degree in Political Science, and a focus on Foreign Policy analysis. He has presented on US foreign policy decisions at global academic conferences and continues to research how weapons proliferation affects conservation areas and impacts the lives of people in post conflict nations.  Jeff’s goal is to empower local communities to make positive changes in their lives, whether it is through clearing remnants of war that impact both human and animal lives, providing high level training for rangers, or pushing for sustainable conservation policy on a national level.

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Wild Response is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization registered in Massachusetts, United States. All donations made to Wild Response are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

Wild Response's E.I.N. (Employer Identification Number/Federal Tax Identification Number) is 83-3753390

wildlife conservation, Home, Wild Response
wildlife conservation, Home, Wild Response

Wild Response is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization registered in Massachusetts, United States. All donations made to Wild Response are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

Wild Response's E.I.N. (Employer Identification Number/Federal Tax Identification Number) is 83-3753390