June 18, 2019

Episode 025 - Mike Veale improves the livelihood of wildlife park rangers in Africa and beyond

Episode 025 - Mike Veale improves the livelihood of wildlife park rangers in Africa and beyond

Mike Veale is a southern California native who has worked extensively with Animals for the majority of his career. He launched Global Conservation Force to help protect wildlife and improve the livelihood of wildlife park rangers who risk their lives...


Mike Veale is a southern California native who has worked extensively with Animals for the majority of his career. He launched Global Conservation Force to help protect wildlife and improve the livelihood of wildlife park rangers who risk their lives in the field.

 

In 2014, after years of watching the populations of animals under his care rapidly dwindle, Mike decided to take action. His lengthy zoo keeping career combined with an active, combat-sport-heavy lifestyle gave Mike the unique experience needed to fight on the front line of conservation. Mike traveled to South Africa and survived the intensive boot camp training required before finally becoming an anti-poaching ranger in Kruger National Park. After several months of fighting poaching, Mike returned to America, and Global Conservation Force was founded. He continues to go back and forth between the US and Africa working on direct impact wildlife conservation projects, local community support and anti poaching patrols.