Hishigbat Bayaraa

Growing up, I was told not to make the spirits of water angry by polluting the rivers and springs. The year that I graduated from secondary school, artisanal miners discovered gold in Altrag River, our main drinking water source. Before you know it, our river was turning into a black mud. That led me to organize a student movement to fight against illegal artisanal miners and it was a success.
Ever since then, I have devoted my life to become a ranger and I am proud to say that there is no miner left in Bayanzurkh soum. I patrol 60,000 hectares [over 148 thousand acres] of the protected area.