Thank you for donating to our Wildlife Rangers project. Your support is helping David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) fund our incredible rangers and wildlife guardians who are operating on the front line in the fight against wildlife crime around the world.
The year 2020 has been fraught with challenges, in light of the global pandemic, which has forced us all to adapt, one way or another. Despite the difficulties we are now faced with, we are proud to say that our relationship is as strong as ever with our ground-based conservation partners and that our combined efforts are continuing to make a difference to some of the most world’s most vulnerable wildlife populations and communities living alongside them. We are incredibly grateful to the brave wildlife rangers, who even amid the current crisis, are working tirelessly to maintain vital conservation efforts.
Supporting rangers across Africa and Asia to fight wildlife crime and protect endangered species has always been at the heart of our work at David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF). From the Kafue National Park in Zambia to the Dong Phayanyen-Khao Yai Forest Complex in Thailand, DSWF has always acknowledged the vital role that these selfless individuals play in conserving the most endangered species, often against difficult odds.
First and foremost, our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of the rangers and civilians that sadly lost their lives in the attack in Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, earlier this year. We were devastated to hear about this tragic act of violence and will continue to stand firm in our support of wildlife rangers across the world.
Wildlife crime does not stop because of the current pandemic, and neither does our fight. In fact, due to the economic impact of COVID-19, poaching and illegal activity has increased, putting more rangers and vulnerable species at risk. Wildlife rangers across the globe are working harder than ever to protect key wild landscapes and continue to risk their lives by exposing themselves to the violence of wildlife crime.
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On this occasion, we would like to bring attention to some of the incredibly dedicated rangers, who as we speak, are still working day and night to fight for wildlife justice.
DSWF’s long-term conservation partner, Game Rangers International (GRI) with the support of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) established the remarkable intelligence led, rapid response unit, with a strike anywhere capability, named the Special Anti-Poaching Unit (SAPU). DSWF has been funding SAPU’s rangers around the Kafue National Park and in their anti-poaching protection of the GRI-Elephant Orphanage Project release areas since its inception. To date, this unit has proven to be one of the most effective in the whole African region in regard to successful apprehensions, arrests and prosecutions.
In response to the current crisis, GRI have also developed Ranger Support Packs to equip all personnel and their families with personal protective equipment, basic medical supplies and essential rations during the coming weeks.
In Thailand, DSWF’s partners at the Freeland Foundation have been dealing with increased threats from the dry season, with extensive devastating fires, ravaging vital tiger habitat. Responding to calls for support, DSWF donated emergency funding to Freeland, which has enabled them to supply vital drinking water, electrolytes and medicines to rangers working tirelessly on the frontline to douse the fires.
We are incredibly proud of the men and women who risk their lives to protect wildlife in some of the harshest habitats on earth. From everyone here at DSWF, thank you in advance for any donation you are able to make to support the incredible work carried out by the rangers.