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Niassa Elephant Defenders

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Poachers have decimated the elephant population in Mozambique’s Niassa National Reserve, but Niassa’s rangers are determined to save them from extinction. Rangers tell their story of what it takes to protect the elephants—from facing off with poachers armed with weapons of war, to witnessing poachers’ increasingly violent tactics. What carries them through long, dangerous months covering vast amounts of terrain is courage, a belief in the service, encouragement from their family, a love for the animals, and a desire to protect the country’s resources and safeguard the wildlife for their children and grandchildren.

Directed and shoot by Raul Gallego Abellan for the Global Wildlife Program.