Tattooed Female Army Vet Fights Poachers In Africa

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Expecting nothing less from the Army lately; Kinessa Johnson embarks for Africa with a mission to put a halt to poaching.

Another tattooed crusader does it again! Kinessa Johnson is a US Army Combat Veteran and Anti-Poaching Advisor for VetPaw in Africa. As we all know, poaching in Africa, among many other countries, has been an ongoing matter as the population of more endangered animals decrease rapidly each year. This is the very reason why individuals like Johnson goes on in an effort to uphold the dying wildlife of the world.

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photo by Snoplop_photos
Kinessa Johnson
Kinessa Johnson

Kinessa served four years in the Army as a weapons instructor and mechanic, and served a tour in Afghanistan. She currently works for works for the Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife. There, they train park rangers from the basics to the advanced tactics such as precision shooting. But don't let the tattoos and that controversial rifle fool you, beneath it is a sweetheart. Above all, she's an empowered woman who's not afraid to get her tattoos and gear in a bit of safari dirt if its for the sake of saving the lives of these animals who are disappearing off the face of the planet, one by one.

Kinessa Johnson
Kinessa Johnson

Don't get it all wrong. Johnson states that she is definitely not poacher hunter but mainly renders her service from her army training in order to prepare park rangers for actual encounters with poachers in order to defend both the animals and themselves.

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Kinessa Johnson

She tells 11 Alive:

'Our intention is not to harm anyone; we're here to train park rangers so they can track and detain poachers and ultimately prevent poaching.

'Most of the time anyone that is in a reserve with a weapon is considered a threat and can be shot if rangers feel threatened.

'Our goal is to prevent trigger pulling through strategic movements and methods of prevention.'

In her social media accounts, she writes about her daily experience in the terrain, documenting them along the way. Impressively, there's been a noticed decrease in poaching activity in the area since her team arrived in March 26 this year. She also talks about her daily life in there, which involved encounters and spending days crammed in the back of the van. They continue making their rounds as of now patrolling and conducting training with the local park rangers, and preserving the animal kingdom.

From a number of a few millions, the elephants are now down to a few hundred thousands. While the rhinos are being poached at a rate of 2% each year. That's only the tip of the whole damn iceberg. According to Nat Geo, the extinction of species is happening 1,000 times faster because of none other than the humans. Poaching is serious business. It's on par with crimes like drugs and firearms, and sometimes linked to them also. This is the situation Kinessa and her team are facing.

Kinessa Johnson
Kinessa Johnson

At the end of the day, she's still this brave, fun-loving girl from Washington. Definitely more than just a pretty face.

Kinessa Johnson
Kinessa Johnson

You don't want to get on her bad side, though. Lay a finger on the animals, and you're cooked. This girl happens to know how to shoot!

Kinessa Johnson
Kinessa Johnson

Sorry boys, but this beautiful, animal-loving lady is already happily taken, as you can see in her Instagram.

Follow her journey on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more updates about Kinessa Johnson's adventures.

"Woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself."
— Kinessa Johnson (@KinessaJohnson) January 27, 2015

Xavier

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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