30 Jul '16, 9pm

CITES salutes the world's park #rangers on #WorldRangerDay 2016

CITES salutes the world's park #rangers on #WorldRangerDay 2016

Message from CITES Secretary-General, John E. Scanlon 31 July 2016 World Ranger Day honours park rangers across the world who have been injured or lost their lives in the line of duty, and also celebrates the role rangers play in protecting our natural resources, including wild animals and plants. The challenges and risks that rangers face have increased significantly in recent years due to the surge in the poaching of and illicit trafficking in wildlife, particularly of some of the world’s most iconic species such as elephants and rhinos. Illegal trade in wildlife is occurring at a scale that threatens wildlife, people and their livelihoods and it is being driven by transnational organized crime groups, rebel militia groups and, on rare occasions, rogue elements of regular military forces. Honest and hardworking park rangers devote their lives to protecting our natural re...

Full article: https://cites.org/eng/CITES_SG_message_world_ranger_day_2016

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