National Geographic

@natgeo 8 months ago

Photos by David Chancellor @chancellordavid | At Liwonde National Park, in Malawi, I had the enormous privilege and pleasure to work with the British Army, documenting their lives while working in this beautiful part of the planet. These are also challenging environments to work in. It was very clear that those who chose to carry out this work knew the risks, and they did so simply because they could, should, and wanted to help protect the planet's wildlife and ecosystems. Operation Corded, the name given to the army's counter-poaching deployment in Malawi, assists in training rangers in a bid to help them crack down on the illegal wildlife trade. Park rangers are taught skills such as tracking, partnered patrolling, communications, surveillance, and intelligence sharing. An armed patrol of British soldiers and African park rangers was walking through tall grass up to 7 feet (2.1 m) high when they disturbed an unseen herd of elephants. It's worth noting that it's for this very reason that poachers chose to raze the park to the ground: in order to see wildlife more easily and thus slaughter it more easily. Mathew Talbot, 22, of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, was charged and killed by an elephant. This is a reminder of the danger faced by those who choose to protect some of the world's most endangered species from those who seek to profit from the criminal slaughter of wildlife. As the sun sets in Malawi, RIP Guardsman Talbot and all those who pay the ultimate price for conservation. Follow me @chancellordavid to see more #malawi #conservation #stoppoaching #elephants #rhino @everydayextinction @thephotosociety