The 500,000 acres of land that make up the Wildlife Works project area are patrolled by our 102 Wildlife Works Rangers. They are all locally hired and trained by our team. They must pass fitness tests to be hired and continue their physical and medical training on the job. Most rangers are stationed in 8-person bunker posts deep in the bush with no electricity, with wildlife surrounding them. After years of service, these rangers get to know the landscape and wildlife intimately. They can spot a sliver of a lion's mane over a rock in the far distance and hear the low, deep grumble of an elephant hiding in thick bush at night. Meet some of our rangers here.
In March of 2011, Wildlife Works welcomed our first-ever female rangers to the team of rangers. They have been invaluable team members.
We believe in unarmed security, read this message from our founder on why. When there is an armed poaching threat, we partner with armed rangers from the Kenya Wildlife Service to apprehend the poachers and we have access to KWS wildlife vets to treat injured animals. We are also very grateful to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Foundation who pick up and look after any orphaned baby elephants we rescue.
Meet our Head Ranger Eric Sagwe.
Eric Sagwe grew up in a town within our Kasigau Corridor project in Kenya called Maungu. As a teenager, he used to see the Wildlife Works rangers working in the community and out in the bush. Their commitment to protecting and being surrounded by wildlife and forests impressed young Eric and he began to dream of one day also wearing the Wildlife Works uniform.
With hard work, discipline and his late father’s urging, Eric made his dream come true. Today, Eric proudly holds the position of Head Ranger, leading a team of 85+ at Wildlife Works Kenya. It took him 10 years to work his way up through the ranks after being initially hired as a watchman.
Having interviewed for a ranger position at Wildlife Works, Eric was disappointed to be offered a job as a watchman for the buildings around the office. It was the advice of his father, a Kenyan police officer, – “don’t be choosey about what you want to do, what matters is how you do it” – that Eric accepted this first position, and started on the path that lead to his current role as Head Ranger. READ MORE>>>