For Want of a Seat, The “Leopard” Was Lost

On April 23rd, while returning from engaging with poachers, Sargent Albert Odar lost his life. One of Murchison Falls’ legends, Sgt. Odar fell from the back of a Land Cruiser as it swerved to avoid a giraffe in the road. He landed on his neck, never to recover.
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About the Campaign

Known throughout Murchison Falls and Uganda as the “Leopard”, Sgt. Odar was considered one of the finest and most dedicated rangers in all of the region and perhaps Africa.

This loss is indicative of a greater need for support for the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and its wildlife rangers.

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These dedicated men and women do everything from anti-poaching patrols and law enforcement to aiding snared/injured wildlife, to appearing in court to secure prosecutions of wildlife criminals and rescuing community members and tourists throughout the park. The nearly 200 rangers in Murchison Falls share only 3 vehicles to accomplish all of these tasks, one which is primarily used in delivering supplies to each of the ranger posts and another having over 500,000 miles on its odometer (900,000 km). The vehicle Sgt. Odar was riding in lacked seating for all of the rangers it was transporting, which is what contributed to him falling off the back; he survived an encounter with poachers twice that night only to perish for want of a seat.

Poachers do not quarantine. In this time of global pandemic, the brave men and women who protect these wild places are under increased pressure both financially from loss of funding, and operationally since they have seen an increase in poaching and wildlife crime as a result of the economic downturn. The human pandemic is taking a wildlife toll and we are asking more and more from the people standing on the frontlines.

With courthouses 100 kilometers away, each time a ranger must appear in court to help secure a conviction of a poacher, it ties up a vehicle for nearly the entire day. Since each vehicle has seen many, many miles/kilometers of action over its lifetime, there is often one in some stage of repair, further limiting rangers’ ability to protect the region and do their job. We must take action to help these brave men and women and make their lives a little easier and safer.

Thanks to a generous donor, the International Elephant Foundation has secured more than two-thirds towards the purchase and necessary field modifications of a brand-new Toyota Land Cruiser, the vehicle of choice. We need $15,000 more to make this a reality. Rangers should not have to hike to locations where poachers are reported, or choose whether to provide veterinary care to a snared lion or conduct patrols. They should have reliable vehicles that will safely help them do their jobs. We owe it to them.

Mike Keigwin MBE, Founder Trustee of UCF remembered Sgt. Odar saying, “I have patrolled hundreds of kilometres with Albert, and never did he back off a challenge or danger. His trust in his fellow rangers, and love for and knowledge of the park was beyond belief. We will miss him terribly, and will attempt to live up to his high standards.”

We should all live up to Sgt. Odar’s high standards. Please donate to help IEF get UWA a new vehicle.

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11 comments

  • Anonymous

    I appreciate the Thomas Jefferson reference in your email.

    July 4, 2020 at 7:48 pm Reply

  • Ute Thiermann

    I am so proud of those brave rangers. Please express my sincere words of gratitude, they’re crucial to save this important land for all of us. <3

    July 6, 2020 at 3:35 pm Reply

  • Carrie Lazar

    I love elephants ❤️❤️❤️

    July 17, 2020 at 6:44 pm Reply

  • Pamela Marshall

    Blessings to the Rangers.

    July 19, 2020 at 7:46 pm Reply

  • Pamela Marshall

    Blessings to the Rangers!

    July 19, 2020 at 7:47 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for the work you do to protect the lives of these beautiful elephants.

    July 20, 2020 at 6:47 pm Reply

  • Anonymous

    I have had the privilege of visiting Murchison Falls and seeing rangers at work. I greatly admire their dedication to protecting wildlife and know their job is often a hard and dangerous one. Hopefully, this campaign will get them the new truck they deserve.

    July 31, 2020 at 7:02 pm Reply

  • Andrea Zaferes

    this is for my mom who dearly loved elephants and all beings. Thank you for the tremendous work that y’all do.

    July 31, 2020 at 9:44 pm Reply

  • Michele Schultz

    Thank you, rangers, for risking your lives to save wildlife, especially in this difficult time. RIP, Leopard.

    July 31, 2020 at 10:42 pm Reply

  • Carol James

    The bravery and commitment of these men and woman make me feel humbled and proud to share this earth with them. Forever in my prayers.blessings and love.

    August 1, 2020 at 2:47 am Reply

  • Gary Christopher

    In memory of Albert Odar.

    August 1, 2020 at 7:51 pm Reply