Video PlayerClose NAIROBI, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) — Harrison Kamande’s meteoric rise from an ordinary constable to a sergeant at the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has been an inspiration to his younger peers on the frontline of protecting iconic species like elephants and rhinos from human induced threats. The 35 years old father of four had limited interaction with Kenya’s wildlife heritage while growing up in a farming village but came to appreciate its enormous value later in adulthood when he graduated from a rangers’ training school. Kamande was among dozens of rangers who were awarded cash prizes and certificates of recognition on Sunday when Kenya marked Conservation Heroes Day, thanks to their selfless dedication towards wildlife protection. “The job of a wildlife ranger is not meant for the faint-hearted. Danger lurks in every corner of the jungle as we go about the business of protecting flora and fauna,” Kamande remarked. He recounted chilling encounter with large mammals like buffaloes, rhinos and elephants while patrolling the wildlife parks with colleagues but escaped unhurt after making good use of paramilitary training he underwent after high school. Kamande noted that protecting Kenya’s wildlife species has become a risky enterprise in the wake of… Read full this story
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