My friend and hero
Rory Young was killed on 26 April 2021
in an ambush while leading a wildlife protection
patrol in Arly National Park, Burkina Faso.
Rory was a wildlife expert,
professional guide —
— and for many years
an anti-poaching ranger training
other rangers and leading
patrols across Africa.
A man of colossal ability,
wit, integrity, and drive, Rory Young
risked his life daily in defending the creatures he
revered. In the years since terrorists have turned to
poaching as a source of operating revenue, he engaged
in regular gun battles with armed poachers
and was a target of multiple attacks
His selfless work,
done over decades, could not
have been more dangerous,
nor more heart-rending.
Rory leaves at home a wife and
two children whom he
Please make a donation to the
Chengeta Wildlife, which Rory co-founded
and led as CEO.
Rest in peace, lion.