WATCH: 'Shoot to Kill'

Watch our new documentary investigating the Kenya Wildlife Service, which has a shoot to kill policy when it comes to poachers.
March 13, 2017, 10:56am

The Kenya Wildlife Service is an internationally celebrated conservation body at the forefront of the global fight against poaching. It has the backing of Western NGOs and celebrities, and has stabilized elephant levels in Kenya, in part thanks to the hard line it takes on poachers.

The KWS has a "shoot to kill" policy. Armed rangers, trained and equipped by the British and US military, are authorized to kill any suspected poachers who set foot inside Kenya's national parks.

But is there another side to this organization? Investigating a string of mysterious disappearances and deaths in the communities around the country's national parks, VICE takes its findings to the very top of the organization, culminating in a tense exchange with globally renowned conservationist Dr. Richard Leakey.