|Why Park Rangers Experience Trauma|
|(Wednesday, 15 February 2017) Written by greeniac12314|
| In 2015, poaches in Africa killed over 24,000 elephants, 1,300 rhinos, and an estimated 1,000 rangers. In fact, 82% of the 570 rangers from 12 African countries surveyed by the World Wildlife Fund reported that they have faced life-threatening situations.
Experts are just now realizing the anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder that rangers are prone to. Susanna Fincham, a clinical psychologist in South Africa, shared, “Previously people focused more on the soldier role of rangers rather than on their well-being. The need is only now being recognized. There's also still strong stigma in South Africa of seeing a psychologist, especially for men. But now more senior rangers are seeking assistance, so we're chipping away at that wall.” She added, “Long term, I would also love to see a special independent unit of psychologists and social workers established for rangers.”
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