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  • Thank you to everyone who has pitched in to support marine rangers in Gabon and Ecuador. Your abundant support has never been more important and truly makes our work possible. From Gabon to Ecuador, park rangers work tirelessly, patrolling the seas in search of illegal fishers or poachers, rescuing injured wildlife, and conducting critical research to ensure the future protection of endangered marine wildlife like sharks and sea turtles. The work of a park ranger never stops and WildAid Marine is committed to being there every step of the way. Join us in lifting up the voices of the men and women around the world who play an essential role in the protection of our oceans.

    Thank you to everyone who has pitched in to support marine rangers in Gabon and Ecuador. Your abundant support has never been more important and truly makes our work possible. From Gabon to Ecuador, park rangers work tirelessly, patrolling the seas in search of illegal fishers or poachers, rescuing injured wildlife, and conducting critical research to ensure the future protection of endangered marine wildlife like sharks and sea turtles. The work of a park ranger never stops and WildAid Marine is committed to being there every step of the way. Join us in lifting up the voices of the men and women around the world who play an essential role in the protection of our oceans.

  • Since 2002, the Galapagos National Park and WildAid Marine have worked hand in hand to deter illegal fishing and prevent shark finning and poaching within the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Together with local rangers, we’ve had incredible success – shark populations have flourished, commercial fish species are recovering, and more than 80% of identified wildlife crimes are prosecuted and sanctioned. Thanks to this success, weve expanded to an additional 19 MPAs in coastal Ecuador. When COVID-19 hit, tourism disappeared and so did much of the Galapagos funding for conservation. Despite serious budget constraints, the Park’s 70+ marine rangers are still patrolling the Reserve, still protecting some of the worlds most critically endangered species and supporting the livelihoods of the 25,000 people who call the Galapagos Islands home.

    Since 2002, the Galapagos National Park and WildAid Marine have worked hand in hand to deter illegal fishing and prevent shark finning and poaching within the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Together with local rangers, we’ve had incredible success – shark populations have flourished, commercial fish species are recovering, and more than 80% of identified wildlife crimes are prosecuted and sanctioned. Thanks to this success, we've expanded to an additional 19 MPAs in coastal Ecuador. When COVID-19 hit, tourism disappeared and so did much of the Galapagos' funding for conservation. Despite serious budget constraints, the Park’s 70+ marine rangers are still patrolling the Reserve, still protecting some of the world's most critically endangered species and supporting the livelihoods of the 25,000 people who call the Galapagos Islands home.

  • On #WorldRangerDay we want to put names and faces to just a few of the men and women who protect our wild habitats and wild creatures in the face of ever growing threats from the illegal wildlife trade. (Pic 1) Patience Tsitsi Shumbayaonda is at Umfurudzi National Park, Zimbabwe @_zimparks. Being a female ranger in a male dominated field comes with challenges. “Most parks are in remote areas, we are separated from our families for longer periods...as women rangers, this has also compromised our ability to get sanitary wear for use in the bush.” (Pic 2) Aloyce Emmanuel Dilunga is a ranger in Arusha National Park, Tanzania @tanzaniaparks. He always wanted to become a ranger to protect the wildlife of Tanzania. Buffaloes are his favourite animal because they are “smart and confident” (Pic 3) Goreth Niyibizi @ngiragoreth is a ranger for @ugwildlife in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. At a time when the Coronavirus pandemic has halted wildlife tourism to see the mountain gorillas, she says we should take heed. “As a nation we should learn from this period of COVID-19; many peoples jobs rely on wildlife and tourists who come to our parks.” (Pic 4) Muhammed Sani Abdullahi is a ranger in Kamuku National Park, Nigeria. “I believe wildlife is an important component of the natural environment and it is interlinked with human existence. The well-being of one is linked to the well-being of the other.” (Pic 5) Wabo Puemo Franck Annol is a ranger in Dja Faunal Reserve, Cameroon. “Saving wildlife saves nature, and that saves our lives. It is important to protect wildlife because of its vital role in the ecosystem and forests of Cameroon.” (Pic 6) Luís Daúde is an operations room radio operator in Niassa Special Reserve, Mozambique. “I feel it is important to conserve the environment, especially wild animals, because I am leaving an important legacy for future generations. I encourage everyone to be ready to preserve the environment.” (Pic 7) Andréa Minkwe, a ranger in the Raponda Walker Arboretum in Gabon @parcsgabon, believes that time spent in nature can radically change someone’s mental state. “If we destroy everything today, what will generations to come find"

    On #worldrangerday we want to put names and faces to just a few of the men and women who protect our wild habitats and wild creatures in the face of ever growing threats from the illegal wildlife trade. (Pic 1) Patience Tsitsi Shumbayaonda is at Umfurudzi National Park, Zimbabwe @_zimparks. Being a female ranger in a male dominated field comes with challenges. “Most parks are in remote areas, we are separated from our families for longer periods...as women rangers, this has also compromised our ability to get sanitary wear for use in the bush.” (Pic 2) Aloyce Emmanuel Dilunga is a ranger in Arusha National Park, Tanzania @tanzaniaparks. He always wanted to become a ranger to protect the wildlife of Tanzania. Buffaloes are his favourite animal because they are “smart and confident” (Pic 3) Goreth Niyibizi @ngiragoreth is a ranger for @ugwildlife in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. At a time when the Coronavirus pandemic has halted wildlife tourism to see the mountain gorillas, she says we should take heed. “As a nation we should learn from this period of COVID-19; many people's jobs rely on wildlife and tourists who come to our parks.” (Pic 4) Muhammed Sani Abdullahi is a ranger in Kamuku National Park, Nigeria. “I believe wildlife is an important component of the natural environment and it is interlinked with human existence. The well-being of one is linked to the well-being of the other.” (Pic 5) Wabo Puemo Franck Annol is a ranger in Dja Faunal Reserve, Cameroon. “Saving wildlife saves nature, and that saves our lives. It is important to protect wildlife because of its vital role in the ecosystem and forests of Cameroon.” (Pic 6) Luís Daúde is an operations room radio operator in Niassa Special Reserve, Mozambique. “I feel it is important to conserve the environment, especially wild animals, because I am leaving an important legacy for future generations. I encourage everyone to be ready to preserve the environment.” (Pic 7) Andréa Minkwe, a ranger in the Raponda Walker Arboretum in Gabon @parcsgabon , believes that time spent in nature can radically change someone’s mental state. “If we destroy everything today, what will generations to come find"

  • Tomorrow is #WorldRangerDay. Help us in celebrating the rangers we work with around the world. First stop, Gabon. Please help us support the work of these amazing rangers, link in bio. Gabon is home to dozens of endangered species, including elephants, gorillas, sharks, and sea turtles. In order to protect these creatures, the government employs 550 rangers to patrol and enforce 9 marine protected areas, 11 aquatic reserves, and numerous terrestrial parks. Successful conservation depends on the diligent efforts and bravery of these rangers. Since 2018, weve helped outfit ten teams of EcoGuard rangers with surveillance and enforcement equipment that has enabled successful illegal fishing seizures and prosecutions. WildAid Marine is committed to supporting Gabons rangers through remote training and mentorship, and the provision of critical tools, technologies, and safety equipment. Watch our video below for a firsthand look at how Gabon’s rangers are keeping their precious environment safe.

    Tomorrow is #worldrangerday. Help us in celebrating the rangers we work with around the world. First stop, Gabon. Please help us support the work of these amazing rangers, link in bio. Gabon is home to dozens of endangered species, including elephants, gorillas, sharks, and sea turtles. In order to protect these creatures, the government employs 550 rangers to patrol and enforce 9 marine protected areas, 11 aquatic reserves, and numerous terrestrial parks. Successful conservation depends on the diligent efforts and bravery of these rangers. Since 2018, we've helped outfit ten teams of EcoGuard rangers with surveillance and enforcement equipment that has enabled successful illegal fishing seizures and prosecutions. WildAid Marine is committed to supporting Gabon's rangers through remote training and mentorship, and the provision of critical tools, technologies, and safety equipment. Watch our video below for a firsthand look at how Gabon’s rangers are keeping their precious environment safe.

  • Happy #InternationalTigerDay. Only an estimated 3,800 tigers remain in the wild. A century of poaching and habitat destruction have decimated the global tiger population, which has declined from 100,000 to an estimated 3,800. #Tiger range has been reduced by 93%, and 3 of 9 subspecies have already gone extinct. Despite international legal protections, approximately 150 wild tigers are killed annually to satisfy the demand for illicit products. These range from traditional medicines and virility tonics made from tiger bones, to decorative items made from their pelts, claws and teeth. Now wildlife traffickers are also targeting lion, jaguar and leopard body parts as tiger substitutes. Wildlife trafficking continues to pose a major threat to nature, global biodiversity and human health, the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has warned, following an analysis of trends in the multibillion dollar illegal wildlife trade. We must #EndTheTrade and #SayNoToPoaching. #Tigers are #WorthMoreAlive Photo Credit; @shaazjung

    Happy #internationaltigerday. Only an estimated 3,800 tigers remain in the wild. A century of poaching and habitat destruction have decimated the global tiger population, which has declined from 100,000 to an estimated 3,800. #tiger range has been reduced by 93%, and 3 of 9 subspecies have already gone extinct. Despite international legal protections, approximately 150 wild tigers are killed annually to satisfy the demand for illicit products. These range from traditional medicines and virility tonics made from tiger bones, to decorative items made from their pelts, claws and teeth. Now wildlife traffickers are also targeting lion, jaguar and leopard body parts as tiger substitutes. Wildlife trafficking continues to pose a major threat to nature, global biodiversity and human health, the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has warned, following an analysis of trends in the multibillion dollar illegal wildlife trade. We must #endthetrade and #saynotopoaching. #tigers are #worthmorealive Photo Credit; @shaazjung

  • WildAid Live: Vietnam’s New Wildlife Directive, COVID-19 Updates and Protecting Marine Reserves. Learn about WildAid’s latest efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of wildlife consumption and its connection to COVID, as Hong Hoang (@hongnc), executive director of WildAid’s Vietnam partner CHANGE, and Maz Robertson from WildAid Uganda reveal how they are navigating this important issue during these challenging times. Hong will also give us an inside look at Vietnam’s brand new wildlife directive. After that, we will hear how WildAid is working hard on an ambitious goals for marine protection. Learn about our marine program from its director Meaghan Brosnan, and from international board member Bo Derek’s (@reallyboderek) , as we discuss some of today’s most critical marine conservation issues and the heroic rangers leading the change. Finally, we will screen  part two of Djimon Hounsou’s A Pangolin Tale. Please join us! Link in Bio. #WhenTheBuyingStopsTheKillingCanToo #WorthMoreAlive #SayNoToPoaching #wildaidmarine #MPAenforcement #marineprotectedareas #250by2025 #250together

    WildAid Live: Vietnam’s New Wildlife Directive, COVID-19 Updates and Protecting Marine Reserves. Learn about WildAid’s latest efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of wildlife consumption and its connection to COVID, as Hong Hoang (@hongnc ), executive director of WildAid’s Vietnam partner CHANGE, and Maz Robertson from WildAid Uganda reveal how they are navigating this important issue during these challenging times. Hong will also give us an inside look at Vietnam’s brand new wildlife directive. After that, we will hear how WildAid is working hard on an ambitious goals for marine protection. Learn about our marine program from its director Meaghan Brosnan, and from international board member Bo Derek’s (@reallyboderek ) , as we discuss some of today’s most critical marine conservation issues and the heroic rangers leading the change. Finally, we will screen  part two of Djimon Hounsou’s A Pangolin Tale. Please join us! Link in Bio. #whenthebuyingstopsthekillingcantoo #worthmorealive #saynotopoaching #wildaidmarine #mpaenforcement #marineprotectedareas #250by2025 #250together

  • Repost @wildaidafrica Whales celebrating the birth of a newborn humpback with their dolfriends! 🐬🐳💙 This incredible footage was taken by Beth Neale @onebreathbeth, filmed yesterday off Green Point Clansthal beach, southern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. #whale #humpbackwhale #southafrica

    Repost @wildaidafrica Whales celebrating the birth of a newborn humpback with their dolfriends! 🐬🐳💙 This incredible footage was taken by Beth Neale @onebreathbeth , filmed yesterday off Green Point Clansthal beach, southern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. #whale #humpbackwhale #southafrica

  • Breaking News! Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc today issued a new directive with urgent and powerful measures to restrict #wildlife trade and consumption, and reduce further pandemic risk.   With immediate effect, the directive (29/CT-TTg) bans imports of live wild #animals and wildlife products, strictly eliminates any wildlife markets, and prohibits any hunting, transporting, slaughtering, selling, buying, storing, consuming, or advertising of wildlife, including online sales. “Vietnam’s government shows strong leadership with this comprehensive action and focus on stopping imports, closing all wildlife markets and prohibiting any consumption, buying, and advertising. These actions will help save many species while also protecting global health. We will work with our partners to help make this a success,” said John Baker, Chief Program Officer at WildAid. “This provides a great example to other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on how to address the threat of the wildlife trade to economic security and public health.” In the next few weeks, CHANGE, WildAid, the Pangolin Crisis Fund, and other partner organizations will continue to carry out a series of activities that will promote the Prime Minister’s instructions, raise awareness, and ultimately change wildlife consumption behavior, especially around wildlife sold in markets and restaurants. Activities will include: producing videos and media messages, mobilizing business leaders, organizing wildlife journalism awards, training journalists in wildlife trade and consumption hot spots, and campaigning to remove wild meat from restaurant menus. At the same time, these conservation organizations will work with relevant authorities and assist with activities designed to strengthen law enforcement, helping to strictly enforce violations on wildlife trade and strengthen monitoring of wildlife farming activities, in an effort to ensure products are not laundered into trade.  This is huge for both the protection of wildlife and ourselves. We must end the trade. #EndTheTrade #WhenTheBuyingStopsTheKillingCanToo #WorthMoreAlive photo credit : @paulhiltonphoto

    Breaking News! Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc today issued a new directive with urgent and powerful measures to restrict #wildlife trade and consumption, and reduce further pandemic risk.   With immediate effect, the directive (29/CT-TTg) bans imports of live wild #animals and wildlife products, strictly eliminates any wildlife markets, and prohibits any hunting, transporting, slaughtering, selling, buying, storing, consuming, or advertising of wildlife, including online sales. “Vietnam’s government shows strong leadership with this comprehensive action and focus on stopping imports, closing all wildlife markets and prohibiting any consumption, buying, and advertising. These actions will help save many species while also protecting global health. We will work with our partners to help make this a success,” said John Baker, Chief Program Officer at WildAid. “This provides a great example to other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on how to address the threat of the wildlife trade to economic security and public health.” In the next few weeks, CHANGE, WildAid, the Pangolin Crisis Fund, and other partner organizations will continue to carry out a series of activities that will promote the Prime Minister’s instructions, raise awareness, and ultimately change wildlife consumption behavior, especially around wildlife sold in markets and restaurants. Activities will include: producing videos and media messages, mobilizing business leaders, organizing wildlife journalism awards, training journalists in wildlife trade and consumption hot spots, and campaigning to remove wild meat from restaurant menus. At the same time, these conservation organizations will work with relevant authorities and assist with activities designed to strengthen law enforcement, helping to strictly enforce violations on wildlife trade and strengthen monitoring of wildlife farming activities, in an effort to ensure products are not laundered into trade.  This is huge for both the protection of wildlife and ourselves. We must end the trade. #endthetrade #whenthebuyingstopsthekillingcantoo #worthmorealive photo credit : @paulhiltonphoto

  • #TBT- Here are a few highlights from over the years working with the amazing Sir Richard Branson. @richardbranson has long argued that the illegal wildlife trade must be addressed along with the entire supply chain. That, strengthening the capabilities of those brave rangers fighting what looks like a losing battle in many of Africa’s national parks is part of the solution, and that this has to go hand in hand with better governance, greater accountability, and more effective law enforcement. Yet, supply reduction can only work when we tackle demand at the same time. Which is why are so fortunate to work alongside him and his team.  We are so grateful to have him as part of our “herd” and to count him as an ally in the fight against illegal wildlife trade. P.S Fun fact, it was his birthday this past Saturday! We hope it was a real crash we mean bash 🦏

    #tbt - Here are a few highlights from over the years working with the amazing Sir Richard Branson. @richardbranson has long argued that the illegal wildlife trade must be addressed along with the entire supply chain. That, strengthening the capabilities of those brave rangers fighting what looks like a losing battle in many of Africa’s national parks is part of the solution, and that this has to go hand in hand with better governance, greater accountability, and more effective law enforcement. Yet, supply reduction can only work when we tackle demand at the same time. Which is why are so fortunate to work alongside him and his team.  We are so grateful to have him as part of our “herd” and to count him as an ally in the fight against illegal wildlife trade. P.S Fun fact, it was his birthday this past Saturday! We hope it was a real crash we mean bash 🦏

  • A court in Hanoi on Thursday sentenced three men to between 10-11 years in jail for trading 204 kg of African #elephant tusks. Although ivory trade is banned in Vietnam, the country remains a top market for #ivory products. The global trade in ivory has been widely outlawed since 1989 after populations of the African giants dropped from millions in the mid-20th century to around 600,000 by the end of the 1980s. Vietnam first outlawed the ivory trade in 1992, but it remains a top market for ivory products prized locally for decorative purposes or traditional medicine, despite there being no proof of its medicinal qualities. We must end the trade, we must end the demand. Elephants are #WorthMoreAlive. #SayNoToPoaching #IvoryFree #JoinTheHerd photo credit: @markjdrury

    A court in Hanoi on Thursday sentenced three men to between 10-11 years in jail for trading 204 kg of African #elephant tusks. Although ivory trade is banned in Vietnam, the country remains a top market for #ivory products. The global trade in ivory has been widely outlawed since 1989 after populations of the African giants dropped from millions in the mid-20th century to around 600,000 by the end of the 1980s. Vietnam first outlawed the ivory trade in 1992, but it remains a top market for ivory products prized locally for decorative purposes or traditional medicine, despite there being no proof of its medicinal qualities. We must end the trade, we must end the demand. Elephants are #worthmorealive. #saynotopoaching #ivoryfree #jointheherd photo credit: @markjdrury

  • Coronavirus crisis could lead to wildlife ranger jobs being cut and a poaching pandemic’. With few government support schemes available, a reduction in ranger numbers would risk more animals been killed, fueling the illegal trade in wildlife. Reports currently suggest that there were will be a 40-50% cut in rangers. Without rangers we risk returning to the high poaching levels that many countries suffered decades ago. This already comes at a time when India, Nepal and Pakistan and several African countries have all reported a poaching spike. In Botswana, it is warned, as many as 10 per cent of the country’s 500 rhinoceroses may have been wiped out since March. A number of wildlife protection programmes have been curtailed due to the abrupt halt of tourism revenue as a result of Covid-19, leaving endangered animals more vulnerable than ever to poaching. #WorthMoreAlive #SayNoToPoaching #PoachingStealsFromUsAll #whenthebuyingstopsthekillingcantoo photo credit: @markjdrury

    Coronavirus crisis could lead to wildlife ranger jobs being cut and a 'poaching pandemic’. With few government support schemes available, a reduction in ranger numbers would risk more animals been killed, fueling the illegal trade in wildlife. Reports currently suggest that there were will be a 40-50% cut in rangers. Without rangers we risk returning to the high poaching levels that many countries suffered decades ago. This already comes at a time when India, Nepal and Pakistan and several African countries have all reported a poaching spike. In Botswana, it is warned, as many as 10 per cent of the country’s 500 rhinoceroses may have been wiped out since March. A number of wildlife protection programmes have been curtailed due to the abrupt halt of tourism revenue as a result of Covid-19, leaving endangered animals more vulnerable than ever to poaching.#worthmorealive #saynotopoaching #poachingstealsfromusall #whenthebuyingstopsthekillingcantoo photo credit: @markjdrury

  • Smile! Big news out of Taiwan!! Taiwan to ban fishing of #megamouth, #GreatWhite, #BaskingSharks. The Fisheries Agency has decided to impose a ban on fishing three large-size #shark species, the megamouth shark, great white shark and basking shark, in an effort to preserve biological diversity in waters off Taiwan. The ban, to apply to Taiwanese fishing boats no matter where they fish, will take effect 60 days after the notification if no objections are raised during that time. Taiwans new ban follows measures to prohibit its fishing boats from fishing #whalesharks in 2008 and from fishing giant oceanic #mantarays in 2018. Great white sharks and basking sharks are listed as a "vulnerable species" and an "endangered species," respectively, by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This is welcome news for #sharks! #worthmorealive #saynotosharkfinsoup #whenthebuyingstopsthekillingcantoo photo credit: @michaelmuller7

    Smile! Big news out of Taiwan!! Taiwan to ban fishing of #megamouth , #greatwhite , #baskingsharks. The Fisheries Agency has decided to impose a ban on fishing three large-size #shark species, the megamouth shark, great white shark and basking shark, in an effort to preserve biological diversity in waters off Taiwan. The ban, to apply to Taiwanese fishing boats no matter where they fish, will take effect 60 days after the notification if no objections are raised during that time. Taiwan's new ban follows measures to prohibit its fishing boats from fishing #whalesharks in 2008 and from fishing giant oceanic #mantarays in 2018. Great white sharks and basking sharks are listed as a "vulnerable species" and an "endangered species," respectively, by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This is welcome news for #sharks ! #worthmorealive #saynotosharkfinsoup #whenthebuyingstopsthekillingcantoo photo credit: @michaelmuller7