About Us

The Dyck Advisory Group Conservation Trust (DAG) is a non-profit outfit combating the devastating effects illegal poaching is having on our wildlife and natural habitats. It was developed and implemented by Colonel Lionel Dyck, who has over 30 years of high-level military and conservation experience in hazardous and challenging environments.

DAG offers bespoke solutions and well-designed counter poaching strategies to their clients to enable their operations in hazardous and challenging environments. This is done in collaboration with government agencies, local stakeholders and NGO partners that are focused on wildlife conservation, habitat protection, law enforcement and community engagement.

DAG is at the forefront of Africa’s conservation efforts with multi-faceted operations that involve the use of human, K9 and aerial assets in the form of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. We have proven a successful example and strategy with a team of specialists traveling to areas with a struggling model and then spending time on the ground, assessing and subsequently advising and assisting with the implementation of a specifically tailored counter poaching management solution.

With deployment and increased success in at risk areas, DAG is well respected and regarded as the gold standard in counter poaching operations in Southern Africa. We respond proactively, hence see ourselves as a distinctive counter poaching operator and not an anti-poaching unit.

DAG is solely donor funded. As a non-profit with Colonel Dyck operating pro-bono, 100% of proceeds are sent directly to the ground. By optimising all available financial resources, we guarantee sufficient man and asset resources to dominate the ground in operational areas.

DAG must maintain and expand its successful counter poaching operations to the areas where it is needed most. We have the expertise and tactics to get the job done; we are the best at what we do.

We have established a system and very specific equipment requirements to achieve our stated aims. Without these essentials, of which each one is of vital importance, DAG would become just another “almost there”.

A fully functioning DAG Counter Poaching Unit @ $38 000 per month consists of:

  • 1 x helicopter (20 flying hours per month/fuel/pilot) + 1 x fixed wing aircraft (60 flying hours per month/fuel/pilot)
  • 2 x vehicles
  • Operational field staff

What DAG needs is your support to continue to deliver these counter poaching tactics and resources to operate on the front line and behind enemy lines and so ensure the safety of targeted and endangered wildlife.




Colonel Lionel Dyck

After decades of commanding and controlling military, security, explosive disposal, humanitarian and conservation operations and organisations around the world, Colonel Dyck created the non-profit organisation Dyck Advisory Group Conservation Trust, to help combat the rapid decline of wildlife throughout Southern Africa by illegal poaching. Colonel Dyck identified the massive, crucial and immediate need for successful counter poaching operations in highly dense and threatened wildlife areas. With his vast knowledge, experience, strategic mind-set and leadership, he decided to make a difference, working pro-bono through a self-managed NPO to maximize control and effectiveness.

Neill Hobbs CA (SA)

Neill Hobbs is the founding member of Hobbs Sinclair, a medium sized financial services firm and has been in public practice for over 20 years. Apart from his broad experience in financial strategy, he has managed a number of privately and publicly held corporations and holds directorships in several companies. A business analyst by nature, he has become a senior Business Rescue Practitioner. Neill’s financial firm has taken on to assist all of DAG operations pro bono to ensure all financial resources are accounted for and managed correctly, providing an extremely professional and transparent financial working structure.