More Properly Trained Anti-Poaching Rangers = More Properly Protected Wildlife
Boosting the capacity in terms of Anti-Poaching Rangers of the Bumi Hills Anti-Poaching Unit, deployed in the field, is one of our foremost priorities. You may ask why we are doing this, and although it may seem obvious, the reasoning given below may help to put this into perspective:
The fundamental constraint to the adequate protection of elephant, or any other wildlife, on the ground is simply the number of anti-poaching rangers per km² engaged on anti-poaching and monitoring. A general rule of thumb is that a manpower requirement of one ranger per 20 km² is needed in areas where elephant are to be protected. Ultimately, there is no substitute for the “man on the ground”.
A Zimbabwean analysis has shown that the critical factor in determining the number of elephant killed illegally was the time taken to detect the presence of poachers in any particular area. Once detected, poachers kill few elephant, and rapid detection relies on the intensity of ground coverage. One can have all the specialised equipment and machinery in the world, but it is the properly trained and well-motivated ranger, physically deployed in the field, who is the most essential ingredient for successful anti-poaching.
This is why we are determined to give our anti-poaching rangers the best training and equipment as possible in order to meet the rising threat to our elephants – and this we will do – hitting back as hard as we can!
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