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ABOUT THE RANGERS
Rusli, who started working in Rimbang Baling since 1989, is taking these challenges in his stride. After all, if getting punched by the leader of a group of encroachers is not stopping him, nothing will.
Rangers like Rusli are rare like the wildlife they protect and deserve all the support they can get.
About the Central Sumatra Tiger LandscapeThe Rimbang Baling Wildlife Reserve is part of the Central Sumatra tiger landscape that connects Kerinci-Seblat National Park, one of the world’s largest protected areas containing tigers, to the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park and Riau Province’s lowland peat-swamp forests that are rich in carbon. It is highly threatened by deforestation for oil palm, and pulp and paper plantations.
WWF works to reduce pressure from habitat clearance through monitoring forest crime, engaging with plantation owners on more forest-friendly behaviour, reaching out to local communities, and supporting government agencies on sustainable land-use planning and implementation.