Who Are Silent Heroes
To us, the ‘Silent Heroes’ are all of those individuals working on the front lines and/or quietly behind the scenes of conservation and One Health in Africa. Additionally it includes all of those heroes who support our work and allow us to make an impact on those things for which we are passionate about in the world. Without our heroes we the Foundation wouldn’t exist, nor would many of the animals we are fighting to protect. We are extremely grateful to have the opportunity to pursue our passions and find ways to change the face of conservation in Africa.
Silent Heroes partners with the University of Florida Maples Center for Forensic Medicine
Wildlife crime, whether it be in the form of poaching, trade in exotic species, illicit logging, protected species persecution, or any other type of illegal exploitation of flora and fauna, is a pervasive and omnipresent danger to species preservation and conservation. Following closely behind drugs and arms trafficking and trafficking in humans, wildlife crime is a billion dollar threat that spans countries and continents. Despite the enormity of the problem, relatively few resources exist to combat it. Countries facing what could be seen as a war on their environments often do not have the manpower in terms of conservation officers, rangers, or law enforcement personnel to pose as a deterrent or to handle the often overwhelming need, as poachers are using increasingly sophisticated tactics financed in many cases by covert or corrupt organizations. In addition, poor countries face a considerable scarcity of funding for combat operations. There is often also a lack of knowledge or even awareness of what is required in terms of investigatory processes. This partnership will allow SHF and the Maples Center to bring forensic science to the front lines of poaching and wildlife crime in Africa.
Learn about Africa and the endangered Mountain Gorilla with Silent Heroes Foundation’s free, downloadable teaching resource for use in your home or classroom.
Silent Heroes Foundation Comes to You
Contact Dr. Hayley Adams if you would like to have a personal introduction to the work of Silent Heroes Foundation presented at your school, church, or civic organization meeting.