A ranger has been killed on patrol in Borjomi Karagauli National Park whilst trying to stop a group of poachers. This is the first death on patrol in the region, and shows that rangers are on the front line enforcing the law - several years ago these confrontations would rarely have happened, either because some rangers accepted money to allow poachers to enter the parks or because of a lack of equipment they weren't able to reach the more remote areas. Now corruption has been stamped out and the dedicated rangers that remain believe in the value of protecting the parks.
Working for only €200 per month, these men face difficult conditions to protect one of the most biodiverse regions on earth. International NGO's such as the Caucasus Nature Fund work to increase their pay and provide them with necessary equipment, but there is still much to do. He leaves behind a wife and two children.