Yerlan Nurgaliev was killed while trying to protect antilopes

He was killed while trying to protect antelopes… Over a year later, justice has been served.

This man was killed while trying to protect these antelopes

On January 13, 2019, in the Karaganda region of Kazakhstan, Yerlan Nurgaliev, a forest ranger, was on patrol with a colleague when they noticed fresh car tracks on the ground. In this remote area, that could only mean one thing: poachers. The two men began to pursue them.

This region is home to saigas, antelopes on the brink of extinction that are illegally hunted for their horns. The forest rangers knew they had to act fast. Once they’d caught up with the vehicle, they fired warning shots to get the poachers to stop. The traffickers got out of the car and beat up the two rangers.

2 days later, Yerlan Nurgaliev died from his wounds in hospital. It’s the first time a representative of Okhotzooprom, the agency that protects Kazakhstan’s wildlife, has been killed by poachers.

His death has touched the Kazakh people for whom Yerlan Nurgaliev has become a symbol of integrity. In Almaty, the country’s largest city, a monumental portrait of the forest ranger has been painted on a building to pay homage to him and to demand that justice be done.

On February 21, 2020, the Karangada court delivered its verdict for the 3 poachers accused of having killed Yerlan Nurgaliev: life in prison.


02/25/2020 5:40 PM


  • Robert M.
    03/30/2020 16:56

    BitterSweet, Bad Ending for Brut ... Good ending for the Poachers...♥️🙏

  • Tamara M.
    03/29/2020 19:53

    Im glad they got justice

  • Laura D.
    03/28/2020 14:30

    Anyone that kills a wildlife officer they should have been killed

  • Irmtraut H.
    03/27/2020 12:54

    Probable the trump boys wanting another trophy !

  • Raquel M.
    03/26/2020 15:27

    Rest In Peace

  • Larry G.
    03/24/2020 01:58

    I'm confused...who fired the warning shots;the good guys?..or the poachers,because if the bastards didn't have a gun,I would have crippled them with live fire power..that really messed up what they did to that dude.

  • Suzanne M.
    03/21/2020 19:40

    At least those 3 poachers won't be doing it again Prayers for all of the Rangers and their families

  • Terry P.
    03/19/2020 18:10


  • Lynetta S.
    03/19/2020 17:45

    So sad that his family and the world lost this caring, loving man. So very glad that his killers were caught and prosecuted. They should have taken them out and shot them.

  • Joanna M.
    03/19/2020 06:09

    Rest in Peace!

  • Joanna M.
    03/19/2020 06:09

    Rest in Peace!

  • Kay L.
    03/19/2020 03:54

    Prayers for his family. Thank you for protecting wildlife. Need more men like him

  • Je C.
    03/18/2020 02:30

    life in prison, yeah, life, how about death in prison

  • Francie F.
    03/17/2020 22:20

    So, at least the 3 killers are in a cage for life.

  • Donna L.
    03/17/2020 20:01

    A Well deserved sentence!!

  • Kathy S.
    03/16/2020 18:43

    I'm glad the poachers got punished

  • Kathy S.
    03/16/2020 18:40

    those snoggle-nosed antelope are really endangered

  • Helen B.
    03/16/2020 16:55

    That is so sad

  • Janice S.
    03/16/2020 14:52

    Glad justice was served ,❤️❤️🙏🙏,thank you for your sacrifice

  • Gaspar R.
    03/15/2020 20:10

    You will not be forgotten my hero....! The same happened to one of my country Honduras, indigenous leader and protector of our rivers and mountains Berta Cáceres.

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