Exmouth ranger jets off for animal conservation trip

A COUNTRYSIDE education ranger is lacing up his boots in readiness for an expedition in Namibia.

James Chubb, Journal columnist and East Devon District Council ranger, is preparing to jet off for a two week trip to help with an investigation into big cats and growing populations.

He said: “It really is a chance of a lifetime for me to play a part in conservation research in one of the most sparsely populated countries on earth.

“The tensions between big cats and growing human populations is beginning to show in Namibia and, if a way for wildlife and people to co-exist can’t be found in this country, it has serious implications for wildlife conservation around the world.

“I’m not participating in this expedition in a professional capacity.

“I’m there in my own time, but what I hope to learn will have a huge impact on my work.”