Two Wildlife Rangers Killed in the Lead Up to World Ranger Day

Less than two weeks away from World Ranger Day on the 31st of July, established in 2007 to celebrate and commemorate the work of rangers killed or injured in the line of duty, two Kenyan wildlife officers have been killed in two separate incidents with poachers in Kipini Conservancy in Tana River County.

A routine patrol came across what is believed to be an elephant poaching gang in dense forest and in the ensuing gun fight the first ranger was killed and the remiander of the patrol was forced to retreat. A few hours later rangers along with reinforcements attempted to remove the body of the dead ranger but were ambushed, leading to the death of the unit's commanding officer. A joint operation is underway to pursue and arrest the poaching gang. See full press release here.

Sadly this is not an isolated event and although over 1,000 ranger deaths have been recorded over the last ten years, this is feared to be an underestimate. Join us on 31st July in supporting the defenders of wildlife.  

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