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7 rangers, 117,550 hectaresHe goes on patrol three times a week. Patrolling is a challenge in an area the size of Belum and with only 7 rangers.
The numbers 117,550 are stuck in his head; they refer to the area of Belum in hectares.
Poachers, he says, come from the surrounding areas, including Thailand. The park is part of the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex, which borders southern Thailand, and is an important tiger habitat.
Fighting axes and guns“Ours is a dangerous job,” he said, recounting an incident when they tried to apprehend five poachers, all Thai natives.
Only one was caught and he had an axe and was using it to resist arrest. While poachers nowadays carry arms, the rangers do not.
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In such [dangerous] situations, we have to be smart to outdo the poachers, and all the while looking out for our own safety.