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July 18 2020
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Three of the eight members of Kenya’s first female Maasai-community rangers unit, known as Team Lioness, patrolling on Maasai land.

Her black boots brushing through swathes of yellow-brown bush, 24-year-old Purity Amleset is feeling tense. But fear is just part of the job, she says, as she patrols her section of the 363,000-acre community land around Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, a Unesco-designated biosphere reserve.

Amleset is one of eight rangers in the all-female International Fund for Animal Welfare’s Team Lioness, a patrol unit among 76 rangers from the local Maa community. Their job is to protect wildlife from poaching, trafficking in bushmeat and human-wildlife conflict.

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