Dangerous job for South African wildlife rangers despite new technology

Just a few days ago, a wildlife ranger was killed in Kruger National Park in South Africa while tracking suspected rhino poachers, highlighting the rangers’ difficult and dangerous work.

Ranger Respect Mathebula was killed chasing poachers in Kruger National Park recently. Photo by UN Environment/GEF Rhino Project

World Ranger Day, an initiative of the International Ranger Federation, is marked on 31 July to celebrate the work rangers do to protect the planet’s natural treasures and commemorate those killed in the line of duty.

A 2014-2018 project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) titled Strengthening Law Enforcement Capabilities to Combat Wildlife Crime for Conservation and Sustainable Use of Species in South Africa (target rhinoceros) is stepping up the fight against…

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