A Cambodian ranger today was recognised for a prestigious international award by the World Wide Fund for Nature for his contribution in protecting the Kingdom’s forest and wildlife. This comes in conjunction with the global celebration of the Ranger Day.
In a statement released this morning, WWF said it will give Sin Satha, a ranger from Srepok Wildlife Santuary, the Dr Rimington Award in recognition of his tireless work in preserving the forest, which is home to many endangered wildlife such as the Indochinese leopard, Banteng and Asian elephants.
“This international award also honours his achievements at great risks to help save the ecosystems that local communities depend on for their livelihoods,” WWF said.
WWF also commemorated the sacrifices of four rangers who lost their lives in the line of duty over the past five years. One of the rangers died due to an onsite accident while the three others succumbed to illnesses contracted while at work.
“WWF honours all of the dedicated rangers who risk their lives every day at the forefront of conservation and commends them for their commitment to safeguarding wildlife, their natural habitat and the forest and river ecosystems upon which we all depend,” said WWF country director Seng Teak.
James Peter Lourens, a law enforcement technical advisor with WWF, said rangers are facing life-threatening situations every day while working to protect forests and wildlife.
“But because of their passion and love for nature, these rangers have the endurance and perseverance it takes to fulfill the duties of protecting the magnificent wildlife and its natural habitat,” he said.