Age: 28 years old
Location: Mpumalanga, SA
I did my field rangers course at one of the best college in southern African, SOUTHERN AFRICAN WILDLIFE COLLEGE AND AFRICAN FIELD RANGERS TRAINING SERVICES, I’m proud to have been a product of them thanks to the opportunity they offered me and other rangers, though it was not an easy road.
What has been your most rewarding and most difficult moment as a ranger?
The most rewarding moments as a anti poach ranger is when I spend more months without poaching within the reserve and believe me I wish I can spend my whole life without poaching activities. That motivates me as it shows that me and my colleagues we doing a marvelous job.
The difficult moments is when I wake up in the mornings and wear my uniforms with the thought that I may not make it back to the camp as I may occur a battle contact with poachers. When I don’t arrest poachers when they trespass our reserve as they are one step ahead of me and my unit members.
How much do you work, what is your schedule like?
The way I work can’t be really specified as it’s not a daily routine but what I can say is it all depends on my ops manager and what schedule he brings that day or night. I work 9 hour mornings or nights. It’s like 2 weeks on nights, 2 weeks on days and 2 weeks bush camp. In total I work 42 days and get 14 days off.
I do patrols and ambushes during work.
Where would you like to travel someday?
I would like to travel to Asia and Botswana. In Asia I would want to see where are they selling this rhinoceros horns, and in Botswana to learn how they keep the low rate of illegal rhino poaching because they are doing a great job.
What’s your favorite meal?
My favorite meal has to be pap and bull brand beef as it keeps me strong during those hard and long hours during work in the bush; and I won’t forget my grannie’s cooking I adore everything she cooks.
What do your friends/family think of your profession?
My family, especially my granny couldn’t understand why I chose anti-poaching while I could’ve been a doctor or some good office work, as I did very well in my matric and my other dream was to be a charted accountant. But I had a soft spot for this species.But they support me and always call me to check if I’m still okay. As for my friends; those who know me they do support and wish me the best of luck.
I strived so hard to be where I am as it was not an easy journey to be an anti-poaching ranger. I dedicate my life for the animals and I’m proud to be a ranger .LET THE ROAR OF THE AFRICAN LION BE HEARD!