Azamat Sharivhan - 2018

I was born at Sirgaali area of Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, which I now patrol and protect as a ranger. My homeland is wreathed by breathtaking scenery of the glacier, mountain peaks, wildlife and forest. In the 1990s, when Mongolia transitioned to democracy and capitalism, people started ripping off the nature by poaching and engaging in illegal logging. As I watched, my heart broke. My older brother worked in conservation for 40 years and he had a huge impact in my life.  I started working as a ranger in 2001. Being a ranger helps me to give back. I am happy because I know that my work inspires my children.