A member of the Silent Heroes Foundation’s “Special Interdiction Unit” on patrol in somewhere in southern Africa.
Photos by Jere Hietala, 2014.
This limited edition version of the UF PRO® Combat Shirt was designed and manufactured for the Silent Heroes Foundation’s Special Interdiction Unit rhino protection project. The shirt was specifically designed to provide excellent wearability, comfort and camouflage properties in the harsh South African environment.
The sleeves are made from 50/50 NyCo ripstop BadLands camouflage fabric and are equipped with the typical Striker pocket configuration. The moisture-wicking, quick drying torso and arm pit areas use a new Merino/COCONA® knit to provide optimum comfort and durability. The COCONA® fibre also contain active charcoal in order to avoid bad odours.
The UF PRO® air/pac® inserts in the shoulder area and D3O® Trio Mid protectors in the elbow areas provide additional wear comfort.
Priced at 75 EUROs, the Striker Combat Shirt – Silent Heroes Edition is available in limited quantities at the UF PRO webstore.
The Silent Heroes Foundation is committed to support efforts to improve both animal and human health in Africa, as well as to aid in the protection and conservation of its wildlife and endangered species.
Poaching of Africa’s wildlife, particulary of its vulnerable and endangered species such as elephant and rhino, is currently at crisis level. Illegal trade in wildlife products such as ivory and rhino horn is coordinated by well-organized crime syndicates which transport the horns primarily to Viet Nam and China, in order to fuel the demand for the use of horn as a medicinal treatment, a status symbol for the growing middle class, or a hangover cure.
Compounding the problem is the fact that most park rangers and wildlife reserve security teams are neither properly trained nor equipped to combat this war on Africa’s wildlife.
To deal with this dual challenge, the Silent Heroes Foundation is forming an elite, professional Specialized Interdiction Unit that can be deployed on an as-needed and fast-reaction basis throughout South Africa, in an effort to increase overall security, and to help decrease the rate of poaching deaths in the country. The Specialized Interdiction Unit will be led by Anton du Plessis, Founder of the South African Tactical Association. Anton has a 20 year background in the South African military, law enforcement and security sectors, and has trained a variety of specialized units over the years.