Courtesy of Damien Mander

Damien Mander is the Founder and CEO of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF). He served as a Special Operations Sniper and Clearance Diver in the Australian Defence Force. While deployed in Iraq he was a project manager for the Iraq Special Police Training Academy, overseeing training of up to 700 cadets at one time. After three years on the front lines of the Iraq war, he departed in 2008. Following a trip to Africa, he founded the IAPF. The IAPF focuses on ranger training, operations, and integrating modern technology such as drones into conservation.


Last Updated: February 18, 2016

Why Reducing Ivory Demand in China Will Not Curb Poaching in Africa

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden & more
“When the buying stops, the killing can too,” reads the popular slogan that WildAid uses in its anti-ivory campaign to raise awareness in China. WildAid, along with most Western environmentalists, contend that curbing demand in China for ivory is...