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It’s World Ranger Day on 31 July.

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World Ranger Day is on 31st July 

Around the world there are many people who are willing to put their lives on the line in order to protect endangered animals and habitats.

The International Ranger Foundation (IRF) is the official body representing rangers around the world.  It was established on 31st July 1992, after a year spent setting up and planning for the establishment and development of the organisation.  The aim now is to drive through this development so that there is a professional body of rangers around the world.  

The African Wildlife Foundation has 
a way to thank rangers.
Please send a note to say thank you.
They are hoping for 20,000 notes of thanks. 
Please say thank you here. 

The video below from the IRF explains that 2023 is an important year because it's the first year of the newly set biodiversity framework, with lots of targets.  Target three is especialy important because it sets a target of 30% of the world having effectively managed areas by 2030.  To achieve this, it will be vital to have a professional body of rangers around the world and the numbers of rangers worldwide will need to increase from 286,000 today to 1.5 million.  There will be benefits for wildlife and biodiveristy of course, but also for people, who will benefit from the economic and social services outcomes which come about from such a development.

So the theme for World Ranger Day for 2023 is Rangers – The Natural Solution To Achieving the 30X30 Biodiversity Targets.

Take a look at the "I am a ranger" video on You Tube here from the IRF
It introduces rangers from different parts of the world.

Celebrating our rangers on World Ranger Day

Celebrating gorilla trackers and World Ranger Day,
Rwanda & DRC
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund

A salute to Hayley on World Ranger Day

Sadly, last year 148 rangers died in their line of work.  Many of these deaths were attributable to homicides and others to vehicle accidents, as the video below explains. 

There is a lot of information about rangers on their website, so please explore their website.   It works with The Thin Green Line to promote the initiative of World Ranger Day. 

World Ranger Day is a chance for all of us to show our appreciation for the work that wildlife rangers and guardians do and offer our support in whatever way we can and to remember those who have died or been injured doing this vital work and to think of the families they leave behind. 

The Thin Green Line says that often rangers' families are left behind without any support.  Donations and support give a gift of hope and an urgent lifeline to families left behind.  


And it’s good to know that there is something you can do to help wildlife and locals in their communities at the same time, and we thought we’d do a roundup of charities and organisations working to help in this way.  Sometimes wildlife rangers are called wildlife guardians.

 Celebrating our Rangers 
Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association

I stand with the world's rangers.. Please give rangers your support on World Ranger Day
Please give rangers your support on World Ranger Day
Above graphic ©International Ranger Foundation
This graphic was for World Ranger Day 2022
but why not do them in 2023 as well?

Let us thank the rangers everywhere who are protecting 
wildlife and habitats, and let us thank their families too.

Support World Ranger Day on social media with hashtags:






The Thin Green Line Foundation

Based in Australia, the Foundation works with ranger groups, ranger associations and conservation partners in over 60 countries.  They say it’s estimated that over 1,000 park rangers have been killed n the line of duty over the past 10 years. They are dedicated to providing Rangers worldwide with the assistance they deserve and need.  

Other organisations supporting wildlife rangers

Ol Pejeta
Ol Pejeta Conservancy is a 90,000 acre wildlife conservancy in Kenya.  They have 150 rangers who are dedicated to protecting the wildlife there and neighbouring communities.  They also have a K9 unit, whose dogs work hard also to protect wildlife. 

Visit Ol Pejeta Conservancy here

Project Ranger

Project Ranger supports a range of patrols such as horse patrols, foot patrols, motorbike, aerial, truck and K9 patrols.  In doing so it protects a number of species in national parks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, conserved land and wildnerness areas.  There are plenty of ways to support their work so visit their website to find out more!

The World Land Trust

The World Land Trust has a Keepers of the Wild initiative.  The rangers are working on the front line of conservation, safeguarding some of the world’s most threatened animals and the crucial habitats in which they live.  They protect reserves from poaching and logging, and importantly, link to local communities, building trust, helping to change attitudes and find practical solutions to problems.  You can support Keepers of the Wild by making a donation.

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation works to support rangers in both Asia and Africa. You can support wildlife rangers here and help them conserve nature.  Their work includes carrying out anti-poaching and anti-trafficking patrols across national parks, finding and removing wildlife snares and collecting essential data on endangered speices and their habitats.   They also work with communities to raise awareness and mitigate wildlife conflict.  Click here to see how the Big Green Match Fund helped DSWF's frontline conservation teams with the Living with Widlife Appeal. 

The Global Conservation Force

This organisation works to save wildlife from extinction through education, anti-poaching and conservation efforts.  It does this by using anti-poaching units, awareness and education and on the ground action, working on wildlife’s problems.  You can adopt a ranger (also there’s a K9 poacher tracking unit) – find out what the options are to adopt a ranger here.

African Parks

African Parks has an anti-poaching team of 1,000 rangers making up their law enforcement team.  Thei rangers are stabilising force both for parks and regions


Virunga National Park is located on the eastern edge of the Congo Basin in Africa, and it's home to over 1,000 species of mammal, bird, reptile, and amphibian and a third of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas. It has 750 male and female rangers, all working hard and putting their lives on the line to protect the park and local communities. There's a canine unit as well.  Find out more

The Gorilla Organisation

The Gorilla Organisation has a supporting rangers scheme in the Democratic Republic of Congo and they act as the eyes, ears and voice of the forest. They cut snaes, save injured gorillas, combat the militias running the blood minerals trade, monitor the gorillas’ health and collect vital conservation data every day.  Find out more here.


Tigers4ever have anti-poaching patrols in Bandharvagh, India, to protect tigers.  They equip forest patrols, provide anti-poaching patrols and provide permanent solutions to water scarcity for wildlife

Help Tigers4Ever help tigers on their Global Giving pages

Orangutan Foundation

Become an Orangutan Guardian and help the Orangutan Foundation’s 60 Indonesian staff work on the frontline of conservation in the Lamandau Wildlife Reserve.  Their role is to guard and patrol the forests and rivers, to rescue and monitor the orangutans and to replant and nurture tree saplings.  And crucially, they need to gain the trust and support of local communities.  Become an Orangutan Guardian!

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

The Lewa Security Team consists of field rangers, radio operators, gatekeepers, baby rhino keepers, anti-poaching rangers and the tracker dog unit.   The Anti-Poaching Rangers and Tracker Dog Unit work day and night to protect wildlife and keep them safe, especially rhinos and elephants.  The tracker dog unit has four dogs and their handlers, the dogs act as efficient trackers, as they can pursue suspects for lengthy distances.

Save the Rhino

Save the Rhino makes sure that ranger teams have the the equipment they need to do their job as safely as possible.  It has expanded canine units across the projects it funds, which in turn helps apprehend criminals.  Find out more from Save the Rhino


The charity Tusk give a Wildlife Ranger Award every year to give international recognition to the men and women who face danger every day to protect the wildlife and its ecosystems in Africa.  

There are also rangers in other countries such as Australia and America and the UK, working for organisations such as national parks and they are also essential to protecting the environment and keeping wildlife safe.

And a very big thank you to each and every wildlife ranger working to care for and protect our wildlife and their habitats.  And thank you to their families too.  

Please everyone show you support them too.  


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