Equipment appeal as rangers head for Uganda

Country park rangers in Leicestershire have launched an appeal for old binoculars, telescopes and torches to take on an exchange trip to Uganda.

Watermead North senior ranger Dale Osborne and Bosworth ranger James Lovatt are will leave for East Africa next month to find out more about how their Ugandan counterparts tackle environmental issues in the country’s national parks.

The two rangers will be travelling to Uganda as part of a twinning project which helps bring together conservation projects, local communities and schools.

Last year, a group of rangers from Uganda visited Watermead North as part of the exchange programme.

Unwanted equipment such as binoculars, telescopes, torches, microscopes and phones will help the Ugandan rangers tackle organised poaching in the national parks.

Dale Osborne said: “The equipment will be used on the frontline in helping to fight back against the poachers by monitoring elephant, hippo, buffalo and other large mammal populations.

“We should gain a valuable insight into the work being done and any equipment donated by people in Leicestershire will certainly help the rangers.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation can visit drop-off points at County Hall reception in Glenfield, Snibston Discovery Museum reception and Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre offices.

Find out more about country parks at: www.leics.gov.uk/countryparks

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