While there are now numerous male and female rangers throughout Africa doing incredibly important work, previously being a ranger was a job that was only seen fit for a man. It was often believed that this type of job was too dangerous and demanding for a woman. This is changing, because of women like Gloria, who are inspiring young girls and other women to pursue their passion by breaking through the glass ceiling and leading the way for other women in this field. In sharing Gloria’s story with you, we want to create awareness around the critical role female rangers are playing in conservation.
We met Gloria while on a recent assignment for Sanctuary Retreats in Uganda. Gloria is on the ground every day, tracking and protecting mountain gorillas in Mgahinga National Park. These incredible species are endangered due to habitat loss, deforestation, illegal wildlife trade and human-wildlife conflict. While mountain gorilla populations were once thriving, there are now only around 1000 mountain gorillas left in the wild. These great apes are on the brink of extinction, which is why the work rangers are doing is so critical.
As Gloria mentions, this change is so inspiring for young girls, not only in Uganda but throughout the world, who are realizing that because of strong, courageous women like Gloria, they are capable of achieving anything.
Female rangers like Gloria and Ruth, who we have already introduced you to, are not only working on the frontlines every day protecting endangered wildlife, safeguarding vulnerable ecosystems and inspiring a new generation of conservationists and wildlife protectors.
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