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This past Saturday was World Ranger Day and an opportunity to honor park rangers, who are the unsung heroes of conservation. In the United States and abroad, they help ensure that protected places and species remain safe. Yet in parks around the world where poaching remains an immense threat, these men and women often put their lives on the line to prevent wildlife trafficking.
Moreover, in places like Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, work as a ranger is an opportunity for female empowerment as well. IFAW’s first all-female ranger team, dubbed Team Lioness, draws on the community connections of its Maasi members to find and stop poaching andhelp protect nearly 150,000 acres of traditional Masaai community lands.
Poaching is the cause of three out of every five African elephant deaths.
Wildlife rangers possess the mental fortitude to dismantle criminal networks using sophisticated technologies and counterterrorism tactics to harness, analyze and distribute information about poaching hotspots.
Take a look at Team Lioness’ incredible story above, and next time you’re in a park, thank a ranger!
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