Ranger &
WCU Training

Our team at Focused Conservation provides
a cutting-edge training program

Where collaboration, tailored programs, and high standards form the foundation of our philosophy.

Our mission is to equip those on the front lines of wildlife protection with the skills they need to make a difference. We believe in the power of partnerships, fostering relationships between government agencies, NGOs, and private conservancies to prioritize joint operations and investigations. With a focus on high-threat environments, our challenging and realistic training is fully customized to meet the unique needs of each partner. Drawing from military special operations and law enforcement techniques, our approach stands out in the field, ensuring our trainees are prepared to face the challenges of wildlife trafficking head-on.

At Focused Conservation, we are committed to upholding human rights principles throughout our courses. We provide “opportunity training,” addressing any identified gaps and ensuring that no trainee is left behind. Our comprehensive training programs are designed to mitigate the risks associated with the high-threat working environment faced by Wildlife Rangers, Wildlife Trafficking Investigators, and frontline staff dedicated to protecting and saving wildlife. With baseline testing, detailed After Action Reports, and Certificates of Training, we provide tangible evidence of progress and completion, empowering our trainees to make a lasting impact in the fight against wildlife crime. Join us in safeguarding our planet’s invaluable wildlife heritage. Together, we can create a future where these precious species thrive.

Foundations of Investigations

Basic Wildlife Trafficking Investigations

Law Enforcement Skills

  • Airport, Train, Bus, Cargo, and Parcel Interdiction 
  • Vehicle Interdiction 
  • International Controlled Deliveries

Personal Security and Wellbeing

  • Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) 
  • Home Security for Rangers and their Families 
  • Human Rights in Law Enforcement Training 
  • High Risk Environment While Armed 
  • Active Shooter Training 
  • Defensive Tactics

Tactical Training

  • Tactical Training 
  • Patrolling and Small Unit Tactics 
  • Foreign Weapons Training 
  • Advanced Weapons Training 
  • Designated Rifle Marksman Training (DRM)

Human Rights in Law Enforcement

This training provides participants with the knowledge, skills, and ability to understand, practice, and adhere to Human Rights in the execution of law enforcement activities during the daily activities of Wildlife Rangers.

A focus is placed on Human Rights Laws specific to the country in which the training is delivered and best practices across all spectrums. Special emphasis is put on Human Rights as related to the enforcement of the law. This training is delivered by instructors with decades of real time law enforcement experience in interviewing witnesses, defendants, report writing, conducting arrests, and the proper use of force. 

Prior to the commencement of Human Rights training, a comprehensive Human Rights evaluation is conducted by the instructor in a group discussion environment.

I was waiting for this training, it builds confidence and situational awareness… Everything we've been taught by FCS makes one feel much safer. Ron is something incredible. He is not a human being. What he showed us is not something that you'll think one can do. But yes, he went and did it and we did it as well. So yes, we were doing the impossible.

HEAT (Hostile Environment Awareness Training) is a specialized program designed to address the specific dangers faced by Wildlife Rangers who dedicate themselves to protecting and saving wildlife on the front lines.

These courageous individuals operate in high-threat environments, facing risks such as armed encounters, ambushes, and potential kidnappings or hostage situations. Through situational awareness and mindset conditioning, Rangers learn to recognize and respond to potential threats effectively. 

The training covers various essential aspects, including surveillance detection techniques to counteract surveillance and reduce the risk of ambushes. Rangers also focus on risk mitigation, learning how to prepare and secure their homes and families. They receive specialized training in responding to ambushes, gaining proficiency in relevant weapons and tactics. Additionally, the program equips them with techniques to escape illegal restraints and practical exercises for hands-on practice. 

Overall, HEAT ensures that Wildlife Rangers are well-prepared to navigate and mitigate the unique dangers they encounter during their critical conservation efforts.

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