New Elite Rangers begin to Train counterparts

King of Tigers train counterparts

From October 24 through November 2, members of the new “King of Tigers” elite ranger team assisted with instructing at a PROTECT Tactics course in Thailand’s Eastern Forest Complex, a regional hot-spot for wildlife crime. Freeland, the implementing partner of the USAID-funded Program ARREST (Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking), coordinated the activity with Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP).The course not only provided vital training for the 30 attending rangers, including two female rangers, but also an opportunity for select King of Tigers members to train their frontline ranger counterparts in the Eastern Forest Complex. This will institutionalize training at the field level. Furthermore, involvement of the DNP’s King of Tigers is a critical step in institutionalizing this enforcement training at a national level. Support for the course came from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The David Shepherd Foundation and ARREST.


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