“Sorry I can’t meet you at the bush camp, I’ve been in an accident. But I’ll have Connex and Reto show you around” Lynn’s email read.
Lynn the director of the Malawi Wildlife Action Group was conducting work from her hospital bed. Later at the camp we learned she was lucky to be alive.
Lynn had been in a gyrocopter accident. She and the pilot were flying over the Thuma Forest in search of elephants and potential poachers. There had been a spat of kills in the area their protected. Although the ranger scouts did excellent work on the ground an aerial survey was now called for and the gyrocopter and pilot were hired.
It was during this survey that the gyrocopter went down. Miraculously both Lynn and the pilot survived. Lynn suffered a badly broken arm and shoulder. The pilot two broken ankles and numerous lacerations.
When we met up with Lynn in Lilongwe she was anxious to get back to the bush, more concerned about the elephants and ranger scouts than her new physical disability or why things had gone so wrong with the gyrocopter.
What courage! What focus!
Lynn and her team of ranger scouts protect a forgotten area of Malawi between Salima and Lilongwe. Malawi is supposedly the poorest country in Africa. So you can understand why poaching is a huge issue. The Thuma Forest which Lynn and her team call home is a rugged mountainous area surrounded by an ever growing population.
The Wildlife Actions Groups objective is to protect the elephant and their forest from poachers. At the same time assisting the local people find alternative ways to subsist.
Lynn’s team of ranger scouts patrol the forest to deter and apprehend both those who steal the wood for charcoal making or kill the elephants for their ivory tusks.
As you can imagine this is one huge job.
However Lynn and her team are on it and unlike in many other parts of Africa Lynn has a way of getting poachers caught and prosecuted.
The elephant population in the Thuma Forest has gone from zero to over 130 in the past decade. What this team is doing is working.
However there is a problem.
They must extend their reach in order to protect the growing elephant herds and for that they need more ranger scouts.
These men are young and strong, they are dedicated and they are well taught by experienced rangers like Connex (Connex has a tremendous love for wildlife and years of service.)
And for as little as $800 we can sponsor a ranger scout for an entire year.
In 2017 with your help we sponsored one ranger scout.
In 2018 we looking at sponsoring two.