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Rangers checking tracks that should not be there in @africanparksnetwork Zakouma National Park in Chad. #worldrangerday – July 31st and everyday!!
Rangers are often the first, and last line of defense not just in protecting the world’s wildlife, but in providing safety for millions of people around the world. Here in Zakouma National Park in Chad, after a devastating eight years where poaching reduced the elephant population from 4,000 to 400, the rangers are doing more than just holding the line. In 2010 in partnership with the Chadian Government, conservation organization African Parks @africanparksnetwork assumed management of the park and overhauled law enforcement. It wasn’t for the faint of heart. Just a year after cracking down on poaching, six rangers will killed by poachers during their morning prayers before going out on patrol. But the rangers persevered and continued in their fight to protect the Park, its wildlife, and the surrounding communities. Eight years later, poaching has essentially become non-existent. Employment is on the rise, thousands of children are going to schools built by the park, and tourism is booming.
Rhinos were even reintroduced after a 50-year absence just in May, and elephants are on the rise for the first time in a decade. A record number of elephant calves were recently counted – showing new life and hope has been restored to Zakouma, thanks to the rangers. To follow these ranger stories today on World Ranger Day, and every day, please visit @africanparksnetwork who has the largest ranger force in Africa.
#africanparks #worldrangerday #zakouma #elephants #hope #gratitude #intheirshoes #outfitaranger @leonardodicapriofdn

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