The Human Cost of Poaching
Wildlife such as elephants are not the only victims in the escalating war against poaching. There is the obvious loss of income suffered by local and national economies dependant on the ecotourism benefits of living alongside wildlife, but there is a more direct and immediate cost for some.
Brave wildlife rangers are very often no match for well armed and co-ordinated poachers, and tragedy is increasingly coming to rangers and their families in the defence of wildlife. One problem is that funds are lacking to adequately employ, train and equip rangers, but even where poachers are less formidable or are simply outgunned, a job on the frontline of wildife enforcement comes with ever increasing risks. Recent deaths in Chad, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo attest to this.
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