Number of Forest Ranger Deaths From Wildlife Traffickers

in Environmental Threats

Over the span of 10 years, up to 75 percent of the reported 1,000 deaths of forest rangers were due to wildlife traffickers killing the rangers. According to the International Ranger Federation, a lack of equipment, training and wages all contributed to the killings of the rangers. The remaining 25 percent of ranger deaths were due to attacks by wild animals.

Source:  AFP, “Ruthless crime gangs driving global wildlife trade,” GlobalPost, March 8, 2013.

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