To play their role, brave members of local communities embark on a lengthy recruitment process, training for what is often a dangerous profession in working to conserve the fragile African wilds. In addition to stronger laws and global action, we need to support the training of Field Rangers who are often under-resourced and under-supported in the line of duty. After all, these brave individuals are risking their lives daily, in their efforts to prevent wildlife crime.
However, to have a real impact on the ground, we need to train many more individuals. £20,000 funds the training of one Field Ranger, a lengthy process involving numerous interview stages to gain a solid understanding of the individual’s mindset and physicality, followed by induction training and skills development before building a career in this highly-sensitive sector. Whilst conservationists are using technology such as drones and infrared to help them track endangered wildlife, given the sheer scale of the land, the presence of people on the ground to prevent and respond to incidents is in high demand. Field Rangers are the solution.