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Wildlife rangers in developing nations have one of the most notoriously dangerous and unpredictable jobs around. While they might have the latest technologies and ammunition to defend wildlife, often their own basic welfare requirements are severely lacking.
In this episode, we bring you the story of The Sockstar Project, a charity that strives for change by providing rangers in Africa with products like bars of soaps, toothpaste, women’s sanitation products and socks. Its two main areas of support are for wildlife conservation NGOs Game Rangers International, in Zambia, and National Park Rescue, in Zimbabwe.
They are both key players in the fight for African elephant conservation, and operate where poaching is a very real danger for elephants and the people protecting them. The project is making a difference, quite literally, one boot at a time.