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In 2007, forest guard Si Mean was lucky enough to not only spot a tiger in the Mondulkiri Protected Forest, but he also had the chance to photograph it. That, says Si Mean, was a monumental experience in his life as a ranger.
Away from the familySi Mean’s work as a ranger in Mondulkiri always keeps him very busy, so much so that often he doesn’t get to go home to see and spend time with his family.
“My family does not encourage me to do this work because they are worried about my safety,” said Si Mean, who has been a forest guard since 2006. “They would like me to stop this work. But I love it and want to continue as long as I can.”
This 31-year-old father of 2 loves it that he can go into the forest and see his favourite animal, the banteng, an endangered wild cattle species.
“Every time, I see it, it makes me so happy,” said Si Mean. Besides the banteng, Si Mean also always see the muntjac whenever he goes patrolling in the forest.
Understaffed, vulnerableDoes his job ever make him feel afraid? His reply is no, in the past, as there was enough field staff. However, now that they are understaffed, he is fearful of the consequences.
Nonetheless, rangers like Si Mean persevere and look to the day when they can get more help and greater support.
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#21, St. 322, Boeung Keng Kang I,
Phnom Penh P.O. Box 2467