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Category: Rangers and Wildlife Guardians

  1. 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.  


  2. 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. 

  3. 31 July is World Rangers Day

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    Show rangers around the world that we appreciate all they do for us and for wildlife
    Show rangers around the world that we appreciate all they do for us and for wildlife


    The job of a wildlife ranger is increasingly a very dangerous one. And World Ranger Day is celebrated around the world on 31st July to commemorate rangers who have been killed or injured in the line of duty.  The day also aims to celebrate the work that rangers do to protect the planet's natural resources and treasures - including wildlife, of course - and its cultural heritage.

    The International Ranger Foundation has a number of resources you can download to raise awareness of the incredible work the rangers do, and crucially, to show them your support.

    World Ranger Day is an International Ranger Federation initiative promoted together with its official charity arm, The Thin Green Foundation.

    The Thin Green Foundation is based in Australia but they help rangers all around the world.   Their work is all about

    Protecting Nature's Protectors.

    Rangers defend wildlife.  We stand with Rangers.

    Find out more here

    You can adopt a wildlife ranger and our blog has a number of stories on rangers making a difference to wildlife. 


  4. World Ranger Day - Support the wildlife rangers with the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

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    The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a safe refuge for the critically endangered black rhino and the endangered Grevy’s zebra, the elephant, lion, giraffe, wild dog and other iconic wildlife species in Kenya.  It is also home to over 400 bird species.

    The Conservancy envisions a future when people in Kenya value, protect and benefit from wildlife so that they can derive their day to day livelihoods in ways that are compatible with thriving wildlife habitat. 

    Lewa has combined the techniques of world-class anti-poaching operations, including cutting edge monitoring technology, with the engagement of the surrounding communities as critical partners in conservation.

    You can help by giving your support to rangers such as FridahA big thank you to Fridah and all the rangers
    for all you do to keep wildlife safe.
    ©Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

    The good news is that Lewa has had NO poaching of rhino since 2013, thanks to their amazing ranger team.

    And this World Ranger Day, you can support their efforts – and every gift you give will be matched!

    Support the rangers on World Ranger Day
    Support the rangers on World Ranger Day
    Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

    This will enable the team to continue protecting wildlife, look after their canine colleagues and get equipped with vital resources such as radios.

    Give this week and double the impact of your gift! 


  5. Iran to have 300 more rangers to protect wildlife

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    This week sees World Ranger Day (31 July) to acknowledge the incredible bravery of the rangers and wildlife guardians around the world and the ultimate sacrifice many of them make to protect wildlife.

    And there's news from Iran.

    Some 300 rangers will soon join the forces defending the environment across the country.

    The Tehran Times reports about 300 rangers will soon join the forces defending the environment in Iran.

    Although 800 people have passed the preliminary tests to defend Iran’s protected areas, only 300 people will be chosen for the tasks in hand.

    The tests sound rigorous.  Potential rangers face fitness, medical and psychological tests and assessments relating to emergency and defending operations.

    They will need to be able to cope with different weather conditions, to live in different places and in difficult conditions.  They will also need to be able to act appropriately in difficult situations.

    Rangers protect and preserve protected lands.  However, they face death and injuries in doing so.  They may get into fights with poachers and get injured or worse, killed; or charged with involuntary manslaughter.  Since 1979, over 120 rangers have been killed while protecting the environment.

    Source:  The Tehran Times