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Do rangers use deadly force to fight against wildlife crime?

No. Depending on the government policy, some rangers are allowed to use force only to defend themselves in extreme circumstances. Some rangers are completely unarmed and rely on the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to to monitor poaching activities. 

© WWF-Thailand / Baramee Temboonkiat

How are they compensated?

Rangers do receive a salary from the state but these are generally very low with few to no benefits. For example, in Kuti Buri, a national park near the Thai – Myanmar border, rangers only make about $100 per month. This is much lower than members of the military or boarder patrol make.

In addition to this, rangers often times have limited training and equipment which makes what they do much harder and more dangerous. The low pay and benefits also discourages other potential rangers to join, sometimes leaving existing rangers understaffed and overworked. 

© WWF-Thailand / Baramee Temboonkiat

Why do they need my donation?

Because of the low funding rangers receive from their respective governments, it is essential for them to have access to a different source of funds. Your donation can help fill the gap between what rangers currently receive and what they need to be a more effective force.
Your donation will help rangers who are currently in the field lead better lives and be rewarded for the noble work they do