EWCA Graduates 200 Wildlife Rangers

Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA) graduates 200 wildlife rangers on December 2, 2012 at Oromiya Police College, Adama

The wildlife rangers are drawn from regional and federal protected areas and trained for a month in wildlife intelligence and investigation, physical fitness and self defense so as to make them professional wildlife guardian.

Speaking on the graduation ceremony, Amin Abdulkadir, Minister of Culture and Tourism Ministry said, having the required knowledge and skill, trained wildlife rangers are expected to reduce illicit activities in the protected areas

He also added that wildlife rangers have a key role in protecting illegal killing of wildlife in protected areas.

Ewnetu Bilata, Director General of EWCA, said in the occasion that, in collaboration with regional, zonal, woreda and kebele government bodies, wildlife rangers are expected to control illegal wildlife killing that supply for illegal wildlife trafficking which is a national, regional and global problem

Wildlife rangers play a leading role in protecting wildlife habitat, illegal wildlife exploitation, and monitoring activities, he added.

So far, including today’s 200 graduated wildlife rangers, the total number of trained wildlife rangers exceed 500.