Every year we loose way to many animals and way too many people that protect them.
This is a war.
A war to protect nature and all of its inhabitants, fought silently by men and women who go under-resourced, under-trained and under-equipped.
Just a day ago elephant poachers have killed two wildlife rangers in a shootout in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), reports African Parks.
Ranger Joël Meriko Ari and Sergeant Gerome Bolimola Afokao of the DRC Armed Forces lost their lives heroically defending our wildlife. Ari leaves behind a wife and two sons, while Afokao leaves behind a wife and nine children.
On 12 February, 37-year-old wildlife ranger Rodrick Ngulube was gunned down by poachers in Zambia’s West Petauke game management area, according to reports from the country’s Game Rangers Association.
The slain ranger is survived by his wife and seven children.
On 17 February, a young ranger with the Kenyan Wildlife Service was shot dead by elephant poachers in Tsavo national park.
The slain ranger was in his twenties and leaves behind a young wife. He had only recently graduated from the Kenya Wildlife Service Field Training school in Manyani.
Esnart and her colleague arrested two poachers in Zambia. Her fellow ranger was struck down with a machete in front of her. Esnart ran, but the poachers tracked her and murdered her. She left behind five children, aged from three to 15.
150 rangers have been killed in the Virunga park during the last ten years.
Three rangers die each week in the line of duty. Last year 112 paid the ultimate price; in the last decade, more than 1,000.
About 65-70% of those who die are murdered by poachers seeking to steal our collective heritage.
These brave warriors put their lives on the line to defend this planet every day. We must give them the support, recognition and respect that they deserve as they fight on behalf of us all. RIP HEROES!
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