On Patrol with Wildlife Rangers: "An Intense Experience"
Written by WWF's Matt Lewis
We walk in single file, maintaining absolute silence as we make our way
through the dense undergrowth. I am following the lead of the park rangers
patrolling a particularly vulnerable spot in a protected area in Lobeke,
We are constantly aware of our surroundings. There is a strong current of
anxiety that at any moment we could run into an elephant on the trail,
or—heaven forbid—run into an armed poacher with an AK-47—one who sees us before
we see him and opens fire.
Being on patrol with rangers is an intense experience. The high risk that
rangers take on patrol creates a cocktail of anxiety, terror and a sort of
exhilaration. And yet, rangers go out and do this day in and day out, year
after year. They are often paid very poorly by the governments that employ
them. They may not be given proper equipment and—in some cases—cannot even
afford good boots for patrolling.
That’s where WWF and Back a Ranger play a key role.
The funding that we’re able to provide helps supplement rangers’ salaries
and keeps them employed when they go unpaid for months at a time. We can help
provide meals to rangers as well as first aid equipment. Even the smallest
contribution buys extremely important supplies to help a ranger do his or her
job. And that can directly result in saving the life of an elephant.
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