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An elite unit of Thai park rangers is fighting heavily armed loggers to save the world’s most valuable tree
GREEN RANGER: A Thai park ranger on patrol in 2016. These days, most loggers are hunting what has become the world’s most valuable traficked wildlife product: the Siamese rosewood tree.

THE PHOTOS were dark and grainy, but Kasidis Chanpradub, a senior oficer with an elite paramilitary unit of the Thai park rangers, knew what he was looking at. “They are poachers, for sure,” he told Newsweek. “Nobody else would be out there at that time of night.”

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