"I found the Tanzanian rangers to be extremely friendly, open-minded, hard-working, and willing to learn".
US soldiers from the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa have teamed up with park rangers in Tanzania to strengthen their fight against illegal poaching.
The soldiers are training the rangers to help them track, catch, and arrest illegal poachers.
Poaching remains rife in Tanzania, with species like the African elephant under constant threat. Their population has dwindled by 60% in five years.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) says violent extremist organisations are involved too, bartering ivory for weapons and ammunition.
Tanzania has now teamed up with the US military to push back against poachers.
Captain Michael Wilson, a civil affairs team leader, said of the trainees: