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Intrepid launches Wildlife Rangers Expedition in Kenya to mark World Rhino Day

September 24, 2018 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

It’s one of the most dangerous jobs in the world and arguably the most crucial in the conservation of the world’s remaining rhino populations.

Intrepid Travel is marking World Rhino Day tomorrow with the launch of a trip that offers travellers a rare insight into the work of a Ranger.

The eight-day expedition invites wildlife lovers to gain an insight into the work – and risks – of those that protect wildlife in wild places.

In partnership with the Thin Green Line Foundation, a non-profit organisation which looks after those on the frontline, the trip will take travellers behind the scenes on game drives and foot patrols with the Rangers working in the area between Amboseli, Chyulu Hills and Kilimanjaro national parks.

Intrepid Group CEO James Thornton describes the expedition as combining the reality of the conservation frontline with an African wildlife adventure.

“There’s nothing quite like the rush of spotting wild elephants, buffalo, lions and rhinos as you journey through Africa’s rugged landscape,” he says. “Yet, so few of us are aware of the people behind the preservation of the species, the everyday men and women who face a range of threats every day, from poachers to extreme conditions and armed militia groups, to make these kinds of trips possible.

“The reality is that without these Rangers, there is no one to look after our wildlife. And with 1,000 Rangers losing their lives in the line of duty over the last decade alone, it’s never been clearer that to protect our wildlife, we need to protect our Rangers too.”

The eye-opening expedition includes a visit to the rhino sector at Chyulu Hills, where just eight wild black rhinos reside.

These rhinos represent one of the last wild populations in Kenya, with most of the country’s 600 black rhinos being kept in fenced sanctuaries to ensure their survival. It is Rangers who do the critical work in conducting the research and monitoring required to help these endangered rhinos to thrive.

Travellers will also spend time at the Ranger training academy to learn what it takes to become a Ranger and hear the true stories of what it takes to protect wildlife in Kenya.

Travellers can book Intrepid’s eight-day Kenya: Wildlife Rangers Expedition from today, at $AUD4,190 per person (excluding flights). The first two departures will run in late July and mid-September next year, and for every traveller a donation will be made to the Thin Green Line to support wildlife rangers in Kenya.

For more information, visit: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/kenya/kenya-wildlife-rangers-expedition-120699

To make a direct donation to the Thin Green Line Foundation, and support the projects that train, equip, support, and advocate for Rangers and their families, visit: https://www.theintrepidfoundation.org/the-thin-green-line-foundation. The Intrepid Foundation will match all donations dollar-for-dollar.

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