Facing element, animal, and poacher, our rangers are the frontline in a bloody war of politics and principle. With the poaching stats rising, trade talk resurfacing, and in the midst of yet another full moon, it’s guys like Paul who help me sleep at night!
Location: Specialized counter poaching operator near Hoedspruit
What has been your most rewarding OR most difficult moment as a ranger?
Paul: The most rewarding thing doing what I do, is looking into the eyes of the poacher/suspect that you’ve hunted for so long. The most difficult is when we have to react, and proactive goes out the door.
Where would you like to travel someday?
Paul: Anywhere in the world where people live in harmony with their surroundings and have respect for their animals
What is your favorite meal?
Paul: I can’t leave any seafood or pasta alone
What is your ideal day off ?
Paul: Spending time with loved ones if possible. If not, then sleeping as much as I can.
What do you wish you had to fight poachers?
Paul: We don’t need a lot of tech(nology) to fight these poachers, we just need more dedicated passionate operators in the field, and not just for the rhinos but the whole natural living eco-system.
What do your family/friends/significant other think of your profession? And do they worry?
Paul: My family respect what I do, but don’t like it, as its always better for the next person to do it, but F*** That! I AM the next person. This is not something you get to do because it’s a career choice, its something you are born with, passion for standing for something which belongs to the earth and everything on it.