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Burundi soldiers load their gear at the Bangui Airport, Central Africa Republic, Dec. 13, 2013. In coordination with the French military and African Union, the U.S. military provided airlift support to transport Burundi soldiers, food and supplies in the CAR. This support is aimed at enabling African forces to deploy promptly to prevent further spread of sectarian violence and restore security in CAR. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Erik Cardenas/Released)

The Chinko nature reserve in the war-torn Central African Republic (CAR) is home to many species. That makes it a target for poachers. The poachers are after meat, ivory, animal skins, and ingredients used in traditional medicines. Dedicated park rangers are the only security force. Wearing camo and body armor in the baking heat, they patrol a mix of savanna and rainforest that is almost twice the size of Yellowstone National Park in the United States. Elephants, leopards, and lions are a few of the animals the rangers protect.

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