Between 2008 and 2018, more than 7,899 rhinos were poached in South Africa alone.

In that same decade, more than 1,000 rangers were killed worldwide in the line of duty.

Being home to more than 80% of the world’s estimated 29,500 remaining rhinos, South Africa has now become a global poaching hotspot, putting added pressure on the country’s anti-poaching rangers.

Filmed and edited by Marlina Moreno of Project:Conservation, Making a Ranger follows Global Conservation Force instructors as they put a group of South African rangers through a monthlong anti-poaching boot camp in an effort to prepare them for life on the frontlines of the country’s poaching crisis.

Meet the Filmmaker
Marlina Moreno is a conservation biologist, visual sotryteller, explorer, and the founder of Project:Conservation. Her work has been featured by media outlets such as Forbes, Nat Geo Wild, New York Post, UPROXX, and more.


She has worked with organizations across Africa, Asia, Central and South America, with a focus on highlighting the stories of people and projects on the frontlines of global conservation. To date, she has filmed and edited over a dozen conservation films and has worked on numerous other visual media projects as a producer and on-camera host.


In addition to her work as a conservationist and storyteller, Marlina is the creator of the popular wildlife-inspired travel and lifestyle blog, She holds a bachelors degree in advertising, an MBA, and a master’s degree in conservation-focused biology.

Photo Gallery
To view a collection of behind-the-scenes photographs from the Making a Ranger film production click the link below and you will be taken to the film’s website.
Behind The Film
Filmed at Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, Making a Ranger is a Project:Conservation film created in collaboration with Global Conservation Force (GCF).

The ranger boot camp was made possible by GCF in partnership with Kariega Foundation and Kilo9 Kennels.

To learn more about the organizations that helped make this film possible visit

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