Story of a Ranger: Chencho Nidup, Bhutan

Written by: Chencho Nidup (Ranger, Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan)

Being brought up in Bhutan, I am very fortunate and blessed to be able to give back to nature by working on the Front Line Staff of Conservation. I was born to a middle class family in the capital of this small landlocked Himalayan country. I had always loved and admired nature throughout my childhood – from the beginning of primary school to the end of my education in higher secondary school. I spent a lot of time in the forest with my friends, although some of our daily chores may have unwittingly caused some damage to the forest.

Save Nature, Save Wildlife.

Chencho Nidup

Chencho Nidup when he is out on patrol.

Chencho Nidup when he is out on patrol.

Now fully trained and educated about the importance of nature to all of mankind, I am truly committed and confident to save wildlife. Wildlife is the backbone of all conservation areas. Currently our lack of ownership for the protection of wildlife means there is a very high risk of poaching and trafficking of animals for their skin, bones, tusks… these are huge challenges for the rangers on the frontline protecting wildlife. Saving wildlife is my first priority so I would like to share my story with the rangers of the world, especially the current challenges faced at my work place; Royal Manas National Park.

It has been more than five years since I joined as nature front line staff and I am currently working under Manas Range, which is located at the southern belt of the country. The task of front line conservation staff is not easy in a border area. There are many border-based challenges such as illegal loggers and poachers that are nationals of other countries. Militants from the opposite border side also pose a great threat to people like us. It’s very difficult to patrol along the border, especially during monsoon season because of swelling rivers and streams – this can result in zero patrolling of the area. I personally feel that people along the border should be well trained and fully equipped in order to ensure 100 percent protection of wildlife, all the time.

Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan where Chencho works.

Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan where Chencho works.

Though there are many challenges, I am very honored and happy to be part of this work – hats off to all of the rangers around the world for their effective work towards wildlife protection. Though we shed tears and feel grief with loss of some of our nature conservation heroes, we should not lose hope; everybody will keep up their good work continue with full dedication and commitment towards wildlife protection. Save Nature, Save Wildlife.

Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan where Chencho works.

Royal Manas National Park, Bhutan where Chencho works.


5 thoughts on “Story of a Ranger: Chencho Nidup, Bhutan”

  1. Vilas Khandare

    We Rangers have been taught and it’s true that we are the backbone of forestry. We have virtually no limit to hardship and work in inhuman and tough conditions, hazardous to our lives and well being without reward or recognition. Who cares about us? Virtually nobody. Who targets us? Virtually everybody, from the criminals, the establishment, Nature, wildlife, to vested interests. The bosses hold us responsible for each and every situation, even those beyond human control, passing the buck everytime,having no recourse to hearing. We give our best part of our lives and even the fag end. And what do we get in return? No family life, no looking after our kids and their careers, no future planning for our old age. Overworked, lowly paid, no recognition, no realisation of the realities of our duties, no time limits to our schedule, improper keeping of our service records, often resulting in non clarification of our retirement dues for years together.. Only advice to people who wish to enter this profession, PLEASE DON’T.

  2. Dear Vilas,

    Thats is exactly the reason we started RFA….We are very optimistic that situation will change

  3. True a rangers life is tough but gives opportunity to see unknown heavens and satisfaction in doing something for nature and forest dwelling tribes.. a smile in their face when they see you is enough. ..

  4. tshering nidup

    It’s a good story from Bhutan by Chenchoo. Anyhow dear all let’s keep up our spirit in same pace n let’s not lose hope. We are in this profession to protect wildlife n criminals are in their our profession. So let’s war them no matter what we need to pay for it.

  5. Ours dedications for life long services in nature and wildlife conservation is the greates hapiness and satisfying good scars that will live forever in our soul.
    It is the seed of happiness that will bear us the fruits whenever we flash bakc its moments in our latter stages of life.

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