This is something that African Wildlife rangers are doing everyday to protect elephants from poachers. Rangers often work for little reward or recognition, risking and regularly losing their lives to protect the world’s wildlife and its fragile ecosystems. A ranger is killed in the line of duty, on average, every three days – often violently at the hands, machetes and guns of criminal poachers. It is estimated that over 1,000 rangers have been killed in the line of duty over the past 10 years. These men and women are true hero’s. Without Rangers we stand to lose so much. The thin green line is a website to support ranger’s and their families.
It is sad that conservation efforts have come to this but the greed of poachers and ivory dealers have led to elephant numbers in Tanzania alone dropping from 109,000 in 2009 to 43,000 in 2014, that is over half the elephants in 5 years! If poachers are left unchecked they will wipe elephants off the planet for good. The requirement for inspiring urgent action towards the safekeeping of the planet cannot be overstated, and has led to drastic measures and courageous people standing up and saying no more, even in the face of machine guns.
This responsibility to protect life should transcend all levels of industry, business and society as we strive for a generation of people that give, not take.There are obvious sides in this battle for elephants, those trying to kill them and those trying to protect them. It is great to see so many people outraged at the slaughter of these majestic beings but why does our compassion stop there? Should all life not be respected and protected? We have been conditioned to make a distinction between animals we care about and those that are eaten but I say it is time that all life is seen as something precious and worth protecting.
It is inspiring to see people risking there lives to keep other beings safe and it is my hope that this dedication to protecting life continues spreading, eventually including all species. When my time comes hopefully I can say I did everything I could, and was on the side fighting for life.