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Tom Svensson

Jun12

The real heroes

By Tom Svensson, Monday June 12, 2017
The world of an anti-poacher. Taken on an EOS-1D X Mark II and an 
 EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens at 8mm; the exposure was 1/80sec 
 at f/5.6, ISO 500.

The world of an anti-poacher. Taken on an EOS-1D X Mark II and an
EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens at 8mm; the exposure was 1/80sec
at f/5.6, ISO 500. © Tom Svensson

Last year more than 100 rangers were killed and more than 1000 in the last decade across the world. Most of them were killed by poachers.

The rangers put their lives at risk every day to protect the wildlife so we are able to enjoy it and hopefully coming generations will also be able to. They don’t do it for money; their salary isn’t that good but most of them do it for the love of nature and animals.

I have had the great honour to work with some of them at the Protrack Anti Poaching Unit in South Africa. An amazing organisation you should have a look at. If you can, please support them. Visit the website at www.protrackapu.co.za

They live out in the field for many days at the time and are on patrol during the night when poachers come to pick up snared animals or kill rhinos. They are amazing trackers that will find the smallest track and go for the poachers. Their skills are so amazing and it is impressive to see them work.

The poaching can’t go on - we need to make sure these animals are more worth alive than dead.

Every year more than 1000 rhinos are killed and an elephant is killed every 15 minutes. The most poached animals at the moment are pangolins and if this goes on they will very soon be extinct. I think we all should thank the rangers for what they do to keep our animals alive.

For me they are my heroes; they make a big difference. How many people do you know that would do the same?

Let's hope they will still be around for the coming generations. Taken on an EOS-1D X Mark II with an EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens with a built-in converter at 560mm, the exposure was 1/1000sec at f/7.1, ISO 640.

Let's hope they will still be around for the coming generations. Taken on an EOS-1D X Mark II with an EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens with a built-in converter at 560mm, the exposure was 1/1000sec at f/7.1, ISO 640. © Tom Svensson

One of the anti-poachers who does such a great work but  also puts his lives at risk every day. Taken on an  EOS-1D X Mark II with an EF11-24mm f/4L USM lens at 24mm;  the exposure was 1/40sec at f/9, ISO 1250.

One of the anti-poachers who does such a great work but
also puts his lives at risk every day. Taken on an
EOS-1D X Mark II with an EF11-24mm f/4L USM lens at 24mm;
the exposure was 1/40sec at f/9, ISO 1250.
© Tom Svensson