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Female Rangers Protecting Kenya's Biggest Asset [VIDEO]

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Female Rangers Protecting Kenya's Biggest Asset [VIDEO] by Kenyans247(1): Wed 15, July, 2020 03:16pm
Purity Amleset's black combat boots graze through the long brown blades of grass at one of Kenya's most iconic National Parks, the Amboseli. Her Black Covid-19 protective mask hides her tension. But fear is just part of the job, she says. The 24-year-old is the team leader of Kenya's first all-female ranger unit - Team Lioness.

The unit comprises of 8 extra-ordinary women, selected based on leadership skills, academic achievements, and integrity.

Amselet's unit is based under the Olgulului Community Wildlife Rangers (OCWR) on the border of Tanzania and Kenya, mandated with protecting the traditional Maasai community land that surrounds Amboseli National Park.

They serve as the first line of defense against the poaching and retaliatory killing of elephants, lions, giraffes, cheetahs, and other iconic wildlife that frequent's the illustrious Savannah Plains. The all-female task force was created by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in 2017.

“I risk my life to spare the life of wildlife. I grew up here with wildlife as our friends. We thrive together. We share our water points with the local wildlife,” Amselet explained during an interview.

A typical day in the life of the local heroes involves a 20km patrol across the 363,000-acre wildlife sanctuary while looking out for threats like snares or any suspicious activity.

They are also tasked with tracking and recording GPS coordinates of wildlife sightings.

According to 20-year-old Sharon Nankinyi - a member of the ranger unit, their greatest threat comes from dangerous animals which pounce without hesitation, "If you meet them in the bush, they can attack you," she stated.

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