Every year it gets a little more dangerous for rangers to guard and protect Belize’s rainforest treasures from Guatemalan poachers. With the Chiquibul so close to the border with Guatemala, and fearless illegal loggers, gold panners and xate collectors constantly attempting to extract our natural resources for sale in Guatemala, it is only fitting that the rangers who patrol these areas receive regular training in survival techniques. This week, Rangers from the Friends for Conservation and Development completed a 1 week skills training course held at the NGO’s Tapir Camp in the Cayo District. The training saw 14 FCD rangers, 4 rangers from the Forestry Department, and 2 rangers from the Institute of Archaeology receive instruction firearms, rescue, first aid, and hiking and patrol skills. Rafael Manzanero is FCD’s Executive Director. This is the second of such jungle survival training; with the first being done in January of last year. According to Rafael Manzanero, their reports are showing the need for even more training so that the rangers can carry out their jobs effectively even as they survive in harsh environment.Several groups came together to fund the training, including funds from ordinary Belizeans made available to FCD through their media Telethon. Other support to the effort included the Belize Association of Search and Rescue, UKAI, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.