Honoring Rangers: The Unsung Heroes Who Help Fight Rhino Poaching

By Karen Elowitt Published: September 19, 2016, 6:00 pm
Kruger Park rangersRhino Protection Unit, Kruger National Park. Photo: southafrica.net/lockedhornproject.com

Rangers may be the only thing between rhinos and extinction. South Africa’s Kruger National Park is home to 90 percent of the world’s rhino population, and that’s where most of the poaching occurs. The park is larger than the Netherlands, mostly undeveloped, has few roads, and shares a border with Mozambique. All these make it difficult to patrol. Hundreds of rangers risk their lives every day to save rhinos. As poachers get bolder and more heavily armed, the chance of rangers getting involved in armed contact has risen from 2 percent up to 60 percent.

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