- Wildlife Ranger Training -
Wildlife rangers are brave individuals who protect beautiful wild animals from increasingly well armed and vicious poachers driven by the lucrative market for animal body parts. Despite this, many wildlife rangers are operating without having had basic first aid training, and far away from the nearest hospital. This means that life as a ranger is unsafe.
This training provided the tools for a group of wildlife rangers to administer first aid to their fellow rangers if they are attacked or injured, as well as to any other people that might require it.
By equipping rangers with first aid training, we enabled them to feel safe for longer in the field, and thus better protect wild animals such as rhinos, elephants, and lions. This benefits not only the rangers, but future physical and virtual visitors to Kenya’s wildlife parks.
In July 2010 Tag, in conjunction with MDA and the Israeli Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Department for International Development, delivered first aid training for thirty rangers and provided the rangers with special first aid pouches. Subsequently, the project was extended to include other Kenyan organisations.
In March 2011, a large group came from Kenya to Israel a two-week train the trainer course. 12 participants arrived from E+ Emergency Medical Services of The Kenya Red Cross, 12 from the Kenya Wildlife Service, and two, a doctor and a nurse from Kisumu district hospital.
The professional program was planned by the Magen David Adom staff, who also implemented most of the lectures and visits. The Arava rescue unit gave several sessions on desert rescue and extrication, and the Israeli Police Divers’ Unit gave a lecture on maritime rescue. The Poriya Hospital received the group for a visit of its ER and of the Airborne Services located on its premises.
We are now in discussions with the wildlife ministry in Sri Lanka about beginning this project with Sri Lankan rangers.