Editor’s note: This article was published before the coronavirus pandemic, and may not reflect the current situation on the ground.

The world of wildlife protection in Kenya has long been dominated by men, who risk life and limb for our endangered species. But thanks to an innovative project, that could all be about to change. 

To be a ranger on the frontlines of wildlife conservation is arguably one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. And yet in the heartlands of Kenya, there are a hardy handful of women lacing their boots and standing up for wildlife every single day.

Anne Maloi is one of those women. The 26-year-old radio operator grew up in the Eselenkei Conservation Area, a parcel of Maasai land at the foot of mighty Kilimanjaro, and has been a ranger with the Big Life Foundation—a Kenya-based organization that partners with local communities to protect local land and wildlife—for almost a year.