Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Forest Guardians

Watch SATIIM rangers and Belize Defence Force (BDF) soldiers conduct a bi-weekly 3-day patrol of the Sarstoon Temash National Park, Toledo, Belize. A group of only five rangers is responsible for almost 42,000 acres of wilderness, which is threatened by hunters, poachers, loggers, and an American oil company conducting seismic tests there. A rotating crew of four rangers and two BDF conduct these patrols every two weeks when funding permits. The Belizean government provides the soldiers, but the fuel, ranger salaries and all other expenses come from SATIIM.

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