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Without an ounce of doubt, poaching is the worst thing that can happen to wild animals on the face of this planet.
If this staggering number doesn't move you yet, you should know that endangered species are on the verge of extinction mainly due to the rising number of poachers in India, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Myanmar and the United States.
Where many individuals can wave a blind-eye to these numbers, a few decided to step up and do something about the whole poaching menace.
1. Andrea Ghiurghi - Coordinator of Bamingui-Bangoran National Park
Protecting animals is one thing, fighting an entire militia is another. Andrea Ghiurghi along with his lead ranger Jean Ghodjendji, has been risking his life to protect the rhinoceros, apes and elephants under his watch.
2. Simon Rood - Anti-Poaching trainer at Kruger National Park
After 9 years of dedicated training, Simon has trained more than 300 anti-poaching rangers every year to protect the rhinos.
3. Dimbeswar Das - Guard at Special Rhino Protection Force, Kaziranga National Park
Protecting rhinos at the Kaziranga National Park for more than 3 decades, Dimbeswar, was awarded with Earth Hero Green Warrior award from The Royal Bank of Scotland, a week ago.
4. Manoj Gogoi - Self-styled Conservationist at the Kaziranga National Park
Probably the only self-backed conservationist in the list, Manoj, who was born in Assam, has saved more than 5000 animals including snakes, leopards, rhinoceros and multiple species of birds.
5. Nathan Edmondson - Co-founder of Ecological Defense Group, Incorporated (EDGE)
Having worked internationally to increase the number of anti-poaching units (APU) across the globe, Edmondson's Ecological Defense Group, Incorporated (EDGE) has worked immensely hard to counter-poaching groups across all the continents.
6. Damien Mander - Founder of International Anti-Poaching Foundation, Australia
Damien Mander, who established the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF), is a former Australian Royal Navy Clearance Diver and Special Operations Military Sniper.
7. Wayne Lotter - Co-founder of PAMS Foundation in South Africa
A renowned wildlife and elephant conservationist, Lotter was the co-founder of the PAMS Foundation in South Africa and was working in Tanzania when he was shot dead by a group of poachers in August, 2017.
8. Esmond Bradley Martin - Ivory Researcher and Conservationist
Another renowned ivory researcher and elephant conservationist, Esmond Martin fought for illegal trade of elephants and ivory until he was shot dead in February 2018.
9. Albe Nel - Head of Security at Kapama Game Reserve and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC)
Working closely with law enforcement agencies and anti-poaching units, Albe Nel is responsible for managing the security forces which guard the Kapama Game Reserve in Hoedspruit, South Africa.
10. John Mugo and Daniel Maina - Last Standing Rangers protecting Sudan, the last male white rhinoceros
John Mugo and Daniel Maina, were rangers who were stationed at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya with the task of protecting a few white-horned rhinos that remained.
11. Craig Spencer - Founder of The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit
A leading conservationist and ecologist, Spencer founded the Black Mamba APU after starting a string of NGOs, such as Transfrontier Africa, which is based in the Associated Private Nature Reserves that form a part of the Greater Kruger National Park.
12. Sboniso Phakathi and Paul Jennings - Members of Protrack Anti-Poaching Unit
Sboniso Phakathi, a charismatic 24-year-old eco-warrior met Paul Jennings, a former ranger, and together they organized the first "Rights for Rhino" walk from Musina to Cape Point.
13. Paul Watson - Founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
A Canadian-American marine wildlife conservation and environmental activist, Watson founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to specifically focus on marine conservation and marine conservation activism.
14. Rory Young - Founder of Chengeta Wildlife
Tasked with training the Mali Elephant Project's very first anti-poaching brigade, Rory Young has been a renowned anti-poaching instructor for over two decades.
15. Frank Cunniet and Yoann Galeran - Directors of Chengeta Wildlife
If Chengta Wildlife has been known for successful wildlife operations it is because of Frank Cunniet and Yoann Galeran, two of the most dedicated and iconic rangers fighting against poachers.
Waging war against the illegal hunting of animals is not new but organized methods to eliminate poachers is the only option, which can help secure animals on the endangered list and probably save a few species from certain extinction.