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Thank a Ranger

July 31st is World Ranger Day, one of our favorite days, as we give respect and appreciation to all the men and women for protecting our wildlife.

These people ARE the frontline in the poaching war. Without them, rhinos, elephants, lions, gorillas, pangolins would surely have been wiped out by now.

We cannot emphasis enough the importance of wildlife rangers.

In honor of this day, we would like your help in showing gratitude. Please send us a note of thanks to share with them for all they do. We’ll be taking comments up until the 31st. fightforrhinos@gmail.com

We will share your messages on July 31st, World Ranger Day.

rangers behind

 

 

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Ebola: the wildlife connection

Ebola: stemming from the depths of West Africa, spanning the oceans, now creeping into America. What does Ebola have to do with wildlife? Everything.

chimps infected with ebola

In the last 20-30 yrs, Ebola has killed tens of thousands of apes, like the chimp seen here.

*75% of recently emerging infectious diseases affecting humans are diseases of animal origin

It is contracted through contact with infected wildlife; i.e. through handling of or ingesting of infected animals. Chimpanzees and bats are the animals most often cited as carriers, but they are not the only animals.

The disease has taken hold of human populations largely because of our exploitation of wildlife. The illegal trafficking of wildlife out of Africa is a dangerous trend, threatening wildlife populations, and posing health risks to humans as well.

slow lorises rescued in la airport-smuggled in underwear

Hidden in a man’s underwear, these slow lorises were confiscated in Los Angeles Airport, destined to be sold as pets.  Photo: LA U.S. Attorneys Office/U.S. Department of Justice

Chimps, slow lorises, monkeys, parrots and sloths are highly sought after in the illegal pet trade. It is a $15 billion business in the US alone. As a result smugglers will try anything to sneak them across the borders. (For more on the illegal pet trade, see: When Dogs and Cats Aren’t Enough)

This trade results in considerable potential contact between infected animals and people, including traffickers, collectors, drivers, airport cargo handlers, airline passengers and the wider public in destination countries. It would only take one sick chimpanzee trafficked through a major airline hub to spawn a new Ebola outbreak. (Tennyson Williams/New Scientist)

But even more pressing perhaps is the persistent use of bushmeat. The poaching and consumption of “game meat” such as apes, porcupines, elephants, antelope, hippos, etc, can have dire consequences, not just to the wildlife populations, but to human health.

bushmeat over grills

Bushmeat is a delicacy not just in parts of Africa, but worldwide.

Ebola is only one of the diseases transmitted through infected meat. Researchers have found the first case of HIV originated from the consumption of infected apes. In addition; smallpox, chicken pox, tuberculosis, measles, rubella, rabies and yellow fever have also been contracted this way.

smuggled bushmeat

Bushmeat is not just an African problem. Between 2009 and 2013, US customs confiscated 69,000 items of bushmeat. Photo: US Fish & Wildlife Service

Humans’ insatiable appetite for meat, their all-consuming ego in owning or hunting animals, and their  general disregard for wildlife has taken its toll. Now we’re paying the deadly price.

For more info on the bushmeat crisis see: On the menu: Bushmeat

 

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World Ranger Day 2014

rhino with ranger

Photo: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

Where would our rhinos, elephants, tigers, gorillas, and other animals be without rangers?

KWS rangers line up

Photo: KWS

 

Putting their lives on the line each and every day…it’s not glamorous or prestigious, it’s tough.

Sometimes it’s downright deadly.

 

But without these brave men and women, extinction would be a reality. Poaching would run rampant, chaos would ensue.

ranger with gorilla

Photo: Paul Moore/AFP

 

Through darkness, heat, rain, and cold, these souls persevere.

Treading carefully through danger, they protect what we all cherish.

 

So today, on World Ranger Day, we salute them.

I want to be a ranger

Photo: unknown

We acknowledge their efforts and dedication; we also remember the fallen, whose families made the greatest sacrifice.

Each day we pray for your safety and from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you!

Show your appreciation by participating in our campaign:

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