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Wildlife and our last remaining wild places are being destroyed because of human action or inaction and because of our own short –term greed.

Peter Fearnhead, CEO, African Parks Network, South Africa

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Category: Protect wildlife: Rangers and Wildlife Guardians

  1. Help put more rangers into Sumatra to protect tigers

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    Are you a tiger lover?  Do you want to help tigers in Sumatra?

    Fauna and Flora International are looking for donations to put more rangers into the field in Sumatra to protect tigers.

    100 years ago, Javan and Balinese tigers prowled the jungles of Indonesia.  Over generation after generation of tiger, mother after mother taught cub after cub how to fit the islands they were born on.  They became unique – each a subspecies in its own right.    

    But people slaughtered them.  They were tracked, found, killed and skinned to enhance the prestige of the big-game hunter or fill the coffers of a wildlife trader.  Both are now extinct.  They’ve gone.  And on the next island along – the same thing is happening again.

    There are fewer than 400 Sumtran tigers left.  That number is going down.  They are critically endangered.

    Help Fauna and Flora International protect tigers
    Help Fauna and Flora International protect tigers with a £3 donation.
    ©Fauna and Flora International


    Despite the persistent efforts of conservation teams, there aren’t enough areas that are protected to stop poachers getting through and setting deadly snares.

    The tigers have no idea about all of this.  They don’t have a clue.   They cannot avert the slaughter they see don’t coming. 

    We need to make a stand and learn from the mistakes we’ve made before.  We cannot lose these tigers from Sumatra. 

    Fauna and Flora International are putting rangers in place.  They are training and equipping them to remove the snares and keep poachers away.  Then the beautiful Sumatra tigers can be safe in the wild again.

    In short, donations will put more rangers into the field.

    Please help Sumatran tigers today with a £3 donation!  Let’s put more rangers into the field and protect tigers. 

     

  2. Petition to help African wildlife and people from the African Wildlife Foundation

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    Please, please take a look at this petition! 

    The African Wildlife Foundation sent an email to say that the social distancing we are all doing has consequences for lions, elephants and other species in Africa’s 8,400 protected areas.

    Please sign and share - Thank you


    What has happened with the breakout of COVID-19 and social distancing?

    Well, tourism has plummeted.  As a result, so has the revenue the safari industry receives.  The industry budgets revenue to dedicate to wildlife protection and protected areas management.

    Wildlife and the people who protect it – rangers and community members who are employed in tourism and related businesses – will pay the price of this decline.

    Please, please sign this petition and show support for Africa’s critical areas.  They are home to endangered species and they also drive economies that support wildlife.

    By signing this petition, the African Wildlife Foundation says that you are on the side of:

    • Africa’s already threatened species who rely on protected areas for safe habitat
    • The health of some of the most biodiverse habitats in the world, which are found in protected areas
    • Local people who rely on sustainable nature tourism for a living

    Please sign and share - Thank you
    Please sign this petition today.
    and give African wildlife a voice

    Visit the African Wildlife Foundation's website here

     to find out more about the work they are doing

    and how you can help

  3. Please see this video from Gravitas - how nature is reclaiming its spaces due to the Coronavirus

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    Sometimes you see something on the internet or on television that really hits you hard and makes a point extremely well.

    I saw this video, this afternoon, and I wanted to share it with you.  Please share it with everyone you can.

    The ultimate message is that we SHARE this planet.  It demonstrates how dominant the human race has become - and how selfish.   I am not going to tell you anymore about it - please just watch it for yourself.   Here it is:



    Thank you, Gravitas.

    Please vow to make a difference today. 
    Find out how to reduce your impact on the earth's resources here.

     

     

     

     

  4. World Ranger Day - Polar Bears International celebrates their polar bear patrol teams

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    World Ranger Day continues to bring in news of the amazing work Rangers are doing around the world to help both people and wildlife.

    Polar Bears International reports that as the sea ice has retreated from the north coast of Alaska, more polar bears are coming ashore.  

    In the town of Kaktovik, polar bears are feeding on whale-bone piles.  They attract the highest density of polar bears anywhere in Alaska and tourists are arriving to take photos of them.

    In northern Alaska, a polar bear family gathers at a whale carcass site

    In northern Alaska, a polar bear family gathers at a whale carcass site
    ©Mike Lockhart, Polar Bears International

    Keeping polar bears and people safe - Polar Bear Patrols

    There hasn’t been a polar bear attack in Alaska since 1993, and this is due in no small part to the commitment and courage of the North Slope Borough’s Polar Bear Patrols.   Communities support their efforts – it is in their interests to do so!

    And to recognise the work that the Polar Bear Patrols have done, the North Slope Borough’s Polar Bear Patrols have been awarded Polar Bears International’s 2019 World Ranger Day Award.

    The award is announced on World Ranger Day every year, and it’s to recognise the frontline heroes who are working to reduce the people-polar bear conflict across the Arctic.

    The members of these patrols can work under challenging conditions and face a considerable amount of risk.  During the ice-free season, they work around the clock for months at a time to prevent incidents between polar bears and people happening.

    Patrols are active in six coastal communities in Northern Alaska, including Kaktovik, Nuiqsut, Point Hope, Point Lay, Utqiagvik and Wainwright.   They have all experienced problems with polar bears, from bears walking down streets in town to raiding food caches.

    The award is rotated amongst the five polar bear nations – Canada, Greenland, Russia, Norway and the US.   Past recipients have included the late Vladelin Kavry of Russia’s Umky Patrollers;  Churchill, Canada’s Polar Bear Alert Team;  and Wildlife Officer Erling Madsen of Ittoqqortoormit, Greenland.

    The award can either be made to an individual or a team.  

    Find out how you can help Polar Bears International help polar bears.  The site has some wonderful footage of polar bears and you can see where all the bears are being tracked to see how they are getting on.

    You can adopt a polar bear, too!  And there are plenty of ways you can help polar bears by making lifestyle changes - find out what they are here!  

    Thank you to everyone who works to help keep polar bears and people safe.  

     

  5. World Ranger Day: African Parks

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    African Parks celebrates World Ranger Day African Parks celebrates World Ranger Day  
    ©Scott Ramsay

    World Ranger Day gives us all the opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate the incredible work Rangers do around the world, both men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting the planet’s wildlife and wild places.

    African Parks celebrate their Rangers too.  They have a team of 1,000 Rangers and it’s growing.  As they say, their Rangers are “boots on the ground”

    African Parks has 15 parks under its management.  That means that 10.5 million hectares are being secured, thanks to the 100,000 plus patrols the Rangers carry out every year.   They defend the most remote, wildest and often conflict ridden areas on the continent.   Thanks to the Rangers, African Parks can ensure that protected areas have the ecosystem services and opportunities locals deserve.  For Rangers help bring jobs, provide education, healthcare and stability.

    Examples of Achievements of the African Parks Rangers:

    • Rangers have decreased elephant  poaching by 98% in Garamba in the DRC.  Thanks to the better security, there’s a sustainable development plan which will help bring clean water, electricity and education to over 100,000 people around the park.
    • In Zakouma, Chad, they have practically eliminated poaching and elephant numbers are going up for the first time in decades.  And they are working with local communities and reducing illegal activity in the area.  
    • In Chinko in the Central African Republic, they have provided safe harbour people fleeing conflict.   32 of them have been employed to help cattle herders observe the park’s boundary.

    Rangers are undertaking very dangerous work, nonetheless, and they need your support.  They need continual training, equipment and gear to meet the threat of poaching. 

    You can help and make a difference to the Rangers and wildlife they protect by making a donation to show your support.

    Meantime, a big thank you to the Rangers for all you do to keep wildlife and people safe.