Written by: Chencho Nidup (Ranger, Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan)
Being brought up in Bhutan, I am very fortunate and blessed to be able to give back to nature by working on the Front Line Staff of Conservation. I was born to a middle class family in the capital of this small landlocked Himalayan country. I had always loved and admired nature throughout my childhood - from the beginning of primary school to the end of my education in higher secondary school. I spent a lot of time in the forest with my friends, although some of our daily chores may have unwittingly caused some damage to the forest.
Save Nature, Save Wildlife.Chencho Nidup
Now fully trained and educated about the importance of nature to all of mankind, I am truly committed and confident to save wildlife. Wildlife is the backbone of all conservation areas. Currently our lack of ownership for the protection of wildlife means there is a very high risk of poaching and trafficking of animals for their skin, bones, tusks… these are huge challenges for the rangers on the frontline protecting wildlife. Saving wildlife is my first priority so I would like to share my story with the rangers of the world, especially the current challenges faced at my work place; Royal Manas National Park.
It has been more than five years since I joined as nature front line staff and I am currently working under Manas Range, which is located at the southern belt of the country. The task of front line conservation staff is not easy in a border area. There are many border-based challenges such as illegal loggers and poachers that are nationals of other countries. Militants from the opposite border side also pose a great threat to people like us. It’s very difficult to patrol along the border, especially during monsoon season because of swelling rivers and streams – this can result in zero patrolling of the area. I personally feel that people along the border should be well trained and fully equipped in order to ensure 100 percent protection of wildlife, all the time.
Though there are many challenges, I am very honored and happy to be part of this work - hats off to all of the rangers around the world for their effective work towards wildlife protection. Though we shed tears and feel grief with loss of some of our nature conservation heroes, we should not lose hope; everybody will keep up their good work continue with full dedication and commitment towards wildlife protection. Save Nature, Save Wildlife.