Former British intelligence specialists training network of spies to save Rhinos and Elephants

The African Ranger’s phone rings in the middle of the night. Her covert contact deep within the organised crime network of elephant poachers tells her 200 kg of ivory is about to be loaded into a container at the docks bound for the Middle East.

Should she act now to seize the ivory and arrest some of the middle-level criminals or track the container to its destination and use her trusted international law enforcement contacts to map the wider criminal network?

Such are the decisions being taken every day in Africa’s fight against the illegal wildlife trade.

Across the continent, former British military specialist intelligence soldiers are using skills honed in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan…