Last month was World Ranger Day. A time to recognise the incredibly brave efforts of rangers around the world who put their lives at risk to protect our precious wildlife. The rangers who are protecting rhinos in Asia and Africa, are doing so to save this species for future generations. They are true heros.

A poem called "The Ranger" written by Ray Dearlove, the Founder of The Australian RhinoProject.

 

"I was born to be a game ranger

When I was young, Kruger was my second home

I loved animals and looked forward to seeing danger

The men in the green uniforms were my heroes

I read all about Wolhuter, Stevenson-Hamilton and all those ous

I had a dog named Jock

 

I joined the team. I earned my stripes

I cared for animals, i cared for people, they cared for me

I loved my job

 

With a volley of shots, my world was changed

The innocent rhino in their sights

Why, my children ask me?

How can I explain man’s greed and cruelty?

 

Now I am a ranger with a gun

I am a target whilst the rhinos run

Is this what god intended, surely not

I mourn, I cry, while my rhinos rot

 

There must be something the world can do

We rangers were trained to nurture and protect

Now we are trained to survive

And try to keep all our rhinos alive

 

I curse the poachers, I curse those who buy the horn

I pray to god for a bright new dawn."

 

- - Ray Dearlove, 2014.

 

 

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