What a welcome surprise in my inbox, a thank you letter from a wildlife ranger scout we sponsor.
Felix is one of an ever growing team of Ranger Scouts. Felix is a local chap with limited income opportunities. He grew up in a simple village and becoming a Ranger Scout with the important job of protecting the Thuma Forest is big stuff.
Late last year we sent funds to Lynn to sponsor a wildlife ranger scout to save elephants during 2017. After meeting Lynn in person we couldn’t help but get involved. Just weeks before she’d been in a crazy gyrocopter accident. They were tracking a herd of elephants in the Thuma Forest Reserve in Malawi when they went down. Fortunately both Lynn and her pilot survived.
The Thuma Forest is a lesser known stretch of mountains terrain between Salima and Lilongwe. This forest, thanks to Lynn and her team, is once again home to elephants, buffalo and other mammals. However, like many places. Their habitat is threatened by the ever growing, encroaching press of humanity.
Locals cut down trees to make charcoal or kill elephant for their tusks. Both illegal destructive activities. Lynn, the Field Manager of the Wildlife Action Group works relentlessly with her team to resolve conflicts and stop the poaching. [NEW in 2020 Grab this free ebook about Lynn]
When we visited the base camp in the Thuma Forest and met with Connex, Lynn’s right hand man, we were impressed. A dedicated team of wildlife ranger scouts patrol the forest daily. They keep poachers at bay and assist local authorities in apprehending them. Periodically a ranger scout is called in to testify in court, generally assuring a conviction of the poacher. Part of their duties include game counts and looking for snares (which they did the morning we went on patrol with them.)
When I asked Lynn what some of her greatest needs were. She immediately responded, “We need more scouts. The 14 we have can’t cover the whole area. We really need twice as many.”
Well, we responded by sponsoring a wildlife ranger scout. This year we hope to sponsor two more.
Then just this week I had a very pleasant surprise. I received an email from Lynn with a copy of this heartwarming letter from Felix the scout sponsored by Nikela… thanks to support from people like you.
It takes only 800 Euros, that’s about $1,000 to sponsor a wildlife ranger scout for a full year.
[UPDATE 2020: Today it takes $208 a month or $2,500 annually]
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