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 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.
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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.
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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.
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!
This will enable the team to continue protecting wildlife, look after their canine colleagues and get equipped with vital resources such as radios.
There’s bad news from Kuala Lumpur but something is being done in an attempt to reverse a situation.
Back in the 1950s, there were about 3,000 tigers in Malaysia. There are now less than 200 Malayan tigers left as poaching ploughs on, even in the tiger priority state of the Belum-Temengor forest reserve. They are classed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN's Red List.
Poachers are driven by demand for tiger body parts for traditional Chinese medicine and other uses. Hunters from Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia have been drawn to the area.
Poachers have set up thousands of snares, according to WWF Malaysia’s Tiger Landscape, and these have trapped tigers and other wild animals. Deer and wild boar – the tiger’s natural food source – have been caused by poachers and locals who hunt the animals for sport.
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The tigers roam the jungle in search of food or a mate but they find it hard or impossible to find food, so
haven’t got enough energy to survive or reproduce, which means the tiger numbers have gone down even further.
WWF Malaysia have established patrol teams of indigenous people in Belum Temenggor. These teams undertake daily patrols, retrieve snares and report possible poaching areas. But there’s a lot of the jungle to cover, and these secluded areas aren’t easy to reach. A specialist force with tactical and jungle survival skills is required.
WWF Malaysia have videos (they call them documentaries) you can look at all about the Malayan Tiger project they are running to try to save this tiger from extinction. Watch the Guardians of the Forest at work here
The good news is that the police will be helping the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) rangers to patrol deep in the jungle.
The police have agreed to send two General Operations Force battalions from Senoi Praaq to carry out patrols in identified forest areas. They will be tracking down poachers, especially those helping the Malayan tiger.
The WWF patrol teams have removed about 1,400 snares and released 269 different trapped animals since 2014.
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