Former Afghanistan veteran, Kinessa Johnson, protects endangered species in Africa.
American Kinessa Johnson was formerly on military missions in some of the world's worst places, including four years in Afghanistan.
Today, the military veteran is dedicated to protect endangered species. It has made her a star on Instagram, where the American has 114,000 followers.
Kinessa is today part of the non-profit organization VETPAW (Veterans Empowered To Protect African Wildlife), and working in Africa, where she - along with the rest of the team - tries to protect exposed animals from illegal hunting.
In an earlier interview with The Mirror, Kinessa Johnson told about her new goal in life:
- We have traveled to Africa to hunt poachers, kill some bad guys and do something good, she said.
Kinessa Johnson became known for her exploits in Africa during the spring, but her many interviews and frequent updates on social media has also attracted criticism. Among others from the former Navy SEAL Craig 'Sawman' Sawyer:
'Poacher-hunter? Really? On one hand she says she only worked as a mechanic in the military, and on the other hand she boasts of killing 'bad guys' in Africa. It is contradictory. Why not just be completely honest and tell the truth', he wrote in a tweet earlier this year.
The criticism obviously had Kinessa Johnson to use less bombastic and tough rhetoric. In a recent interview she said:
- We do not intend to harm other people. We are here first and foremost to train the nature park's staff and the local rangers so they can track and detain poachers. It is so that if someone is illegally in the reserve and are armed, they could be shot if the local rangers feel threatened. We try to avoid such a situation by being visible in strategically important places.
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