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.
67% Funded
  • $10,047.31 Donated
  • $15,000.00 Goal
  • 73 Donors

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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24 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

  • JOE JANKOVIC

    I love elephants with all my heart and want to help the humans who want to save the elephants.

    August 12, 2020 at 6:40 pm Reply

  • Billie Shackleford

    Breaks my heart to see elephants being poached and trunks being cut off for human pleasure. Thank you so much to all the rangers keeping these precious creatures safe

    September 2, 2020 at 2:11 am Reply

  • Biilie Shackleford

    Thank you so rangers!! stay safe I hope you guys can reach your goal!!!!

    September 2, 2020 at 2:14 am Reply

  • Donna Gribben

    My husband loves elephants, so of course we have to celebrate Elephants Day!

    September 21, 2020 at 8:41 pm Reply

  • Ellie Sherrard-Smith

    It is a crazy reality when people take the lives of these magnificent animals. I hope this can help a little to their protection and the protection of the whole ecosystem – thank you to all the rangers who do an incredible job

    September 21, 2020 at 9:14 pm Reply

  • Linda Peddie

    Keep up the good work! We appreciate it!

    September 21, 2020 at 11:31 pm Reply

  • Laura Bang

    Thank you for your dedication in protecting our planet’s precious wildlife!

    September 22, 2020 at 12:06 am Reply

  • Ruth Verrall

    Because I love elephants, and am ashamed of how men have treated them

    September 22, 2020 at 9:22 am Reply

  • Barbara Holtz

    I want to help the rangers who are protecting the elephants.

    September 22, 2020 at 1:35 pm Reply

  • Cora Musial

    Thank you to the lead donor who is matching our donations for the new land cruiser and thank you to the rangers for all their work.

    September 22, 2020 at 2:36 pm Reply

  • terry .colella

    For the survival of elephants

    September 22, 2020 at 3:43 pm Reply

  • terry Colella

    for the survival of all elephants

    September 22, 2020 at 3:45 pm Reply

  • Zachary Amis

    The Rangers are on the front line in the fight to save elephants, rhinos, giraffes and other animals from poaching. I wholeheartedly support and admire the work that they do and I send in this donation in honor of Sgt. Odar. May no other Ranger be lost to such an unfortunate accident. My deepest respects to Sgt. Odar’s family and those who knew and worked with him.

    September 22, 2020 at 5:53 pm Reply