Ranger Nearly Loses Life Protecting Endangered Species
Four years ago, Rupak Maharjan's team was investigating illegal poachers rumored to be in possession of tiger skins and bones when all of a sudden 300 armed and angry villagers encircled them. The crowd was determined to protect the poachers who lived within their borders, and soon Maharjan and his unarmed team of rangers found themselves staring down the barrel of a gun. Fortunately, he managed to call his chief warden, who sent in the police to rescue the rangers. Despite nearly losing his life, Maharjan was anything but intimidated and admits that the incident inspired him to fight harder to protect endangered species.
Zero poaching In 2011, for the first time in 29 years, not a single rhino or tiger was killed for black market trade in Nepal. Maharjan and his team were part of that landmark achievement, and although this record didn't stand, Nepal recently announced a 63% increase in its tiger population.
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