World ranger day in DRC

All Congolese rangers commemorated World Ranger Day on Friday, 31 July 2015. As many people know, the DRC has registered a huge number of conservation heroes since 1960. The country's rich biodiversity unfortunately attracts armed poachers and rangers are paying a heavy price as they defend their heritage.

All Congolese rangers commemorated World Ranger Day on Friday, 31 July 2015. As many people know, the DRC has registered a huge number of conservation heroes since 1960. The country's rich biodiversity unfortunately attracts armed poachers and rangers are paying a heavy price as they defend their heritage.

A "come together day" was held to remember and honour our colleagues that were killed in the line of duty. We can do nothing to bring them back, but we share our sympathy with their families and the remaining rangers across the world.
This year we lost Evarist Bararuha, he was admitted to hospital, but sadly passed away. Another big loss was the death of Agoyo and Jean Marie from Garamba National Park. They lost their lives trying to protect elephants from armed poachers. Nowadays, the advancements used by poachers make the work of rangers even more challenging, such as using helicopters to move around quickly. Another ranger from Virunga National Park, Kasereka Sikwaya Timor, also lost his life in an ambush by a group heavily armed rebels near Lake Eduard. During a shootout, Timor was shot in the chest and died immediately. I knew Timor personally and worked with him at Lulimbi Research Centre, in the eastern sector of Virunga National Park in 2013.

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Agoyo Mbikoyo

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Jean Marie Kpionyelsilani

During the "come together day" we also celebrated my award that I won during at the IUCN World Parks Congress (WPC) in Sydney 2014. I hope the prize of Lifetime Achievement will inspire other rangers and encourage young rangers in their preparations for the many challenges and obstacles they will face during their careers. The day also included the announcement to rangers that a donation of 60 pairs of jungle boots was made by the GRAA, as co-ordinated by Chris Galliers.
We thank also the IRF President for his dedication and the difference he showed during the last WPC in Sydney. His leadership and mobilization serve as a model for us to follow. I sincerely support him and wish him good luck in his future endeavours.
We join hands with all rangers on this important day we all share that will touch the hearts of rangers worldwide. We also praise the Lord that this year we have a lower number of rangers killed, as compared to previous years.

Jean Pierre JOBOGO MIRINDI.

Head Ranger & DRC Focal Point
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