Rangers - forces on the front-line of conservation

Rangers dedicate themselves to protecting the planet’s most beautiful and vulnerable species.
Working under harsh conditions, rangers often face danger as they come into contact with poachers. Rangers are also the face of protected areas, and conduct outreach to build partnerships with local communities. Lastly, rangers help research and monitor the status of wildlife, thus building a scientific basis for park management. Find out more about life as a ranger in our slide show below...
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Ranger for a day

In recognition of the critical work of these unsung heroes, and to mark World Ranger Day on July 31, 2013, the US Ambassador to Thailand, Kristie Kenney, visited Kuiburi National Park in south-west Thailand to show her appreciation and experience life as a ranger for a day.

About Kuiburi National Park

Kuiburi National Park lies in the southern-most part of the Kaeng Krachan-Kuiburi Forest Complex in Thailand’s Tenasserim Mountains. The Park was established in 1999 and covers an area of close to 1100 square km. The forests contain dry evergreen and moist evergreen forests, and priority species include tigers, Asian elephants, gaur, banteng, and Malayan tapir.
In 2006, the area was identified as a priority Tiger Conservation Landscape, which means Kuiburi and its surrounding areas have a crucial role in maintaining a tiger population in the long-term, due to the quality of the remaining habitat as well as existing conservation measures. Kuiburi is also home to about 230 wild elephants.

WWF-Thailand works with the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation and related government agencies to protect wildlife in Kuiburi National Park, using a combination of wildlife habitat restoration, anti-poaching measures including patrolling and community outreach, and buffer zone management to reduce Human-Elephant conflict and provide watershed ecosystem value to peoples. The project is also working to secure critical wildlife habitat, and aims to extend the Park into surrounding forest areas.

Anti-poaching measures in the Park include promoting an intelligence network to strengthen law enforcement and protection, on-the-ground patrols and joint patrolling operations between homeland security agencies, the National Park and WWF-Thailand in remote and insecure areas, and community outreach to build partnerships with local people that promote zero poaching.

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