During lockdown foresters try to balance field work and prevention of disease spread

In the wake of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of a lockdown as a response to COVID-19, wildlife protection workers are still showing up to work. Their services have been deemed essential because illegal activities such as poaching that threaten native endangered species are still at high risk during a lockdown. By limiting staff and using social distancing, they plan to continue their important work amidst this crisis.

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