The Poachers are Sloan Blackburn's henchmen and the supporting antagonists in The Wild Thornberrys Movie.
They were voiced by Keith Szarabajka, the late Philip L. Clarke, Bob Bergen, Rodger Bumpass, Jack Angel (who also played Tom in Disney's Beauty and the Beast), Philip Proctor, Eddie Korbich, Corey Burton, Patrick Pinney, the late Peter Sallis, Michael Caine and Jim Cummings (who also played Hernán Cortés in DreamWorks' The Road to El Dorado and Razoul in Disney's Aladdin).
The poachers are Sloan and Bree's henchmen who try to help them commit mass murder on the elephants by building an electric fence. As Eliza tries to save the elephants, the poachers prepare the explosives to scare the elephants into the fence. However, Nigel and his crew stop them from doing phase 1, so Sloan orders them to do phase 2 instead. Eliza jumps on the lead elephant and throws her necklace into the fence to stop the elephants from going any further. The poachers do another round of explosives, but the lead elephant stops the others and they turn around. Sloan orders his men to shoot the elephants, but the poachers refuse to do so, knowing that Eliza is there, so Sloan tries to do things by hand.
It is unknown what happened to them afterwards, but they were most likely arrested by the police for poaching.
Nigel spots the poachers setting up explosives along the cliff.
A poacher setting up explosives along the cliff
Nigel and Radcliffe disarm the poachers’ first round of explosives
The poachers watch in amazement and shock as Eliza make the elephants turn away from the electric fence
The poachers hesitate to follow Sloan’s order to shoot the herd noticing that Eliza, a child, is down there
Sloan, Bree, and their men are apprehended by the rangers
It is possible that the Poachers are actually mercenaries rather than professional poachers, due to their military-styled clothing along with the fact that many of them belong to different racial groups.
While they are greedy and ruthless criminals who attempt to exterminate and an entire herd of elephants for money, the poachers are not as evil as their employers. Unlike them, they have more regard for human life and are not willing to kill children like Sloan and Bree are.