I'm a Special Operations Counter-Terrorism intelligence expert fighting cheetah trafficking in the Horn of Africa—AMA!
EDIT: Thanks so much for your questions! I had a lot of fun answering them, but I’ve gotta run now! Thank you National Geographic for this wonderful opportunity to connect with community. I hope everyone will remember to check out our story in the September issue of National Geographic Magazine. Have a wonderful day!
Hi Reddit! I'm Tim Spalla, a US Army Ranger combat veteran and Special Operations Counter-Terrorism intelligence expert who for the past 6 years has been helping governments and conservation non-profits throughout Africa fight back against wildlife poachers and traffickers. I've been active throughout the continent working closely with wildlife enforcement agencies, non-profits and local partners in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Uganda, DRC, Somalia and South Africa. I'm also responsible for designing and coordinating execution of the Horn of Africa Conservation Alliance’s (HOACA) conservation security and investigation projects in addition to providing strategic management and oversight of all field operations. Most recently, my work combating the illegal trade in cheetah cubs has been covered by National Geographic. AMA!
Read more about how trafficked cheetah cubs move from the wild and into your Instagram feed: https://on.natgeo.com/3ki129T
Learn how you can help fight trafficking by taking a moment to #ThinkBeforeYouLike: https://on.natgeo.com/3DbXbUr