Best of 2016: This mother of 10 patrols Philippine forests in her spare time

Nolsita Siyang, a forest ranger who regularly patrols the protected area surrounding her village on the island of Palawan, Philippines.

Nolsita Siyang, a forest ranger who regularly patrols the protected area surrounding her village on the island of Palawan, Philippines. (© Conservation International/photo by Tim Noviello)

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When some busy mothers get a second to spare, they take a moment to relax. Not Nolsita Siyang.

A member of the Palawan indigenous group, Siyang is a farmer and mother of 10 who, when she isn’t climbing several miles of muddy footpath between her mountain village and the market to sell her family’s surplus crops, can be found volunteering as a forest ranger in the Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape. Uncertainty about who she will encounter in the forest makes it a dangerous job — and she’s one of the only women doing it.

Find out why in this post from March.

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Molly Bergen is the senior managing editor of Human Nature.

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