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Ranger Rildo: News

Reserve ranger: Rildo de Rosa
Country: Brazil
Partner organisation: Reserva Ecológica de Guapi Assu (REGUA)

Rildo was also born into a large family who were self-sufficient in their food production, not far from the Olympic Forest Reserve. Like Antonio and several others of REGUA’s rangers, he was a hunter who stopped when he was employed by REGUA.

Speaking to REGUA co-founder Raquel Locke, he says (translated) “I am embarrassed about my hunting past. Working for the protection of this forest and its species has changed my life, and I am proud to call myself a custodian of the forest and defender of all the animals within it.”

Rildo says that over his time working at REGUA so far he has noticed how the project has affected species recovery in the Atlantic Forest. He now regularly sees peccaries, howler and capuchin monkeys, agouti, paca, armadillo, and sloth, which used to be very difficult to observe in the wild

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