The battle to
save Vietnam's elephants is
on. As per the last census,
fewer than 300 wild
elephants were left in the
country. At the present rate
of poaching, environmentalists fear that none will be left
in four years. Shaken by
these statistics, the government is appointing villagers
to guard elephants from
A team of 37 rangers has been created to preserve wild and domesticated elephants, said Voong Nhi, deputy chief of Buon Don community administration in the Dac Lac province of Vietnam's central highlands. Authorities have recruited minority Rhade tribesfolk as special 'elephant rangers' to save Vietnam's depleting stock of elephants from extinction.
The scheme is being coordinated by a local Organisation and funded by thS@ UK-based Fauna Flora International. The rangers will be trained and equipped to patrol elephant reserves and reduce conflict with people @Iaiming a right over the same natural resources.
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