As the full moon period is once again upon us, field rangers protecting our rhino have to increase their vigilance and undertake additional night patrols in order to counter any poaching threat.
Many reserves also make use of strategically placed lookout towers that aid in the early detection of illegal activity and it is not only the rhino that are under threat, but poachers also make use of the full moon period to enter the reserves with hunting dogs in order to supply the illegal bush-meat trade. By supporting our rangers on the ground we not only support rhino conservation but also help in preventing the destruction of many other species.
This conservation photography project is carried out in partnership with the Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) that provides support, networks and representation for game rangers across Africa. This conservation photography project will use rangers as the “lead characters” to highlight the issues faced by conservationists and showcase opportunities for improved support of rangers in the future. Positive and targeted messages will be communicated that emphasise the critical role that rangers play in African conservation in ensuring that the continent’s natural heritage is preserved for the benefit of future generations. Support Africa’s Rangers by supporting the GRAA.
Peter Chadwick is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) whose mission is to further environmental and cultural conservation through photography. The iLCP’s goal is to use the art of high-quality photography to encourage people to take action in support of tangible and meaningful conservation measures.
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