31 Jul '12, 2pm

It's #WorldRangerDay! Meet some amazing men & women on the frontlines of #conservation

As guardians of nature, rangers are the men and women on the frontlines of conservation. They are perhaps the most important protectors of the world’s natural and cultural treasures. As ambassadors for wildlife, rangers work to ensure that communities around the world live in harmony with the tigers, rhinos and elephants in their backyards. They patrol some of the least hospitable parts of our planet on land and in water. Rangers are the first line of defense as the poaching crisis escalates and wildlife crime spreads its tentacles. Often unarmed and ill-equipped, rangers still take on armed poachers. In December 2011, illegal loggers severely beat Mary Ashu and another female ranger in Cameroon. The two were stripped of their epaulettes and held for ransom. After being freed, Ashu lodged a complaint with the justice department but no concrete action has yet been taken aga...

Full article: http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2012/WWFPres...

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