大家好，我是Kyle Obermann，The China Current特約撰稿人，在這裡我會向您展示「野性中國」。
根據我與護林員的經驗，一天可能要走 5 到 15 公里。但在野外行走，一公里就需要一個小時。一路上，我們觀察野生動物，檢查相機陷阱，並尋找人類入侵保護區的蹤跡。
Baijiu is a throat-searing, strong liquor infamous in China. It’s the dread of many ill-accustomed banquet guests. But for China’s forest rangers, it can also be a life-saving tool in the wild.
Hi, I’m Kyle Obermann, Nature Contributor for The China Current, showing China’s wild side.
A few years ago, I was caught in a blizzard with a ranger patrol in a forest in China. It was getting dark and many of us were experiencing the beginning stages of hypothermia. Luckily, someone had brought along some baijiu – for medicinal purposes only of course! – and we used the last of the liquor to light a fire amidst the snowy bamboo. If one of us had been injured, I also wouldn’t have put it past them to use the stuff to sterilize wounds… but thankfully there was no need for that!
Being a ranger in China is full of unexpected obstacles and dangers. There’s a great range of weather and altitude, which is inherent in the job. There’s also a risk of rockfall and the need to climb using your hands. In the forest, there are thorns of all shapes and sizes, usually at eye level!
During my experience with rangers, we may travel 5 to 15 kilometers in a day. But in the wild, a kilometer can easily take an hour. Along the way, we make observations of wildlife, check camera traps, and search for signs of human intrusion into the reserves.
At night, we finally get to rest and eat, usually a simple meal low on veggies… unless we find some edible plants as we hike. Otherwise, most of the time it's cured sausage and rice for dinner, and yes, it’s washed down with a sometimes healthy dose of baijiu! It sure does keep you warm and keep the smiles coming!
While at first it was a challenge for me to communicate and fit in with the rangers, especially since they are often speaking a local dialect, I found that overcoming shared hardships in the wild together was a form of bonding stronger than any forged over a desk or Zoom call.
Working in nature may be incredibly difficult, but it reminds us of our need to work with each other and for each other. Being in the wild strips our differences and reservations away, forcing us to survive and find ways to communicate as a team. That’s how we succeed in our missions, and perhaps it’s a lesson on how humans on this planet must move forward as well.