Ranger Chai: News
Reserve ranger: Charity Mae ‘Chai’ Mendoza Apale
Partner organisation: Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation Inc. (PRRFCI)
Ranger Chai became WLT’s second female Keeper of the Wild in November 2012. She worked in Danjugan Island Marine Reserve and Sanctuaries (DIMRS), off the coast of Negros Island in the Philippines.
For a year Chai coordinated PRRFCI’s conservation programme which included protecting the reserve from poachers and illegal fishing activities, coordinating research studies and developing community activities including mangrove tree planting and coastal clean-up events.
Chai said: "The best aspect of working in the reserve was doing the things I’m passionate about. Danjugan Sanctuary is one of the best places for someone who is into conservation efforts, dealing with the community and using environmental education to raise awareness."
Chai is no longer a WLT Keeper of the Wild.
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Read about ranger Chai’s wildlife encounters and adventures from the field:
11 July 2013A competition running until 9 August is raising awareness of the conservation value of the pristine places of the Philippines. One of the 25 locations competing for votes is the pr...
08 March 2013The new Keeper of the Wild in Danjugan, Chai Apale, describes her first few busy months at Danjugan Island Marine Reserve and Sanctuaries (DIMRS). I started work with the Philip...
08 March 2013Raising funds to buy Danjugan Island in the Philippines was one of World Land Trust's early conservation success stories. To mark International Women's Day, we introduce Ch...