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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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  1.  World Ranger Day was created by the International Ranger Federation and its official charity – the Thin Green Line Foundation who are based in Australia.

    The Foundation’s needs are absolutely focused on supporting the Rangers’ needs, the emphasis being on supporting rangers in low-income countries and areas where there are conflict:

    1. Train the trainer
    2. Equip anti-poaching ranger patrol teams
    3. Financial lifelines to families of rangers who have died
    4. Critical funding to frontline projects e.g. Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Israel, Uganda, Sumatra, Thailand, Mexico, Brazil, Solomon Islands

    Rangers fulfil all sorts of duties including removing snares set to trap wildlife, monitoring wildlife, doing drone surveys, engaging the community and promoting alternative forms of livelihood.  They have training in fighting fires too. 

    As the dangers facing them increase and criminal gangs and syndicates become more aggressive and better armed, rangers really are putting themselves in danger so it’s vital to ensure that they go out on patrol with the right equipment and training and back-up – and the knowledge that they are supported.



    World Ranger Day (31 July every year) is all about taking a moment to reflect on the courage of wildlife rangers and the sacrifice they make or are prepared to make to protect wildlife on the front line.

    3 things to do on World Ranger Day.

    1. Post on social media using #WorldRangerDay #StandWithRangers #NaturesProtectors 
    2. Show support by adding the “I stand with Rangers” frame to your Facebook and Twitter profile pictures – these are available from the Thin Green Line’s website.
    3. Take a moment to honour fallen rangers.   You can see the list of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our cherished wildlife.  There is a 2020 Honour Roll and 2009-2020 In Memoriam.  Please let’s think of the families they leave behind, too.


    I would like to add two more:

    1. Spread the word about the Thin Green Line Foundation and the amazing work that rangers do around the world.

    2. Donate if you can.  Times are difficult for many but even if we can spare the cost of a take-out coffee or a glass of wine, that will help. 

    Visit the Thin Green Line Foundation’s website here.

     

     

     

  2. Get to know a wildlife ranger

    If you’ve wondered what it’s like being involved in wildlife ranger work, take a look at this video from the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

    Lewa serves as a safe refuge for wildlife such as the black rhino, Grevy's Zebra,  elephant, lion, giraffe, wild dog and other iconic wildlife species in Kenya. It is also home to over 400 species of birds.

    John Pameri is in charge of rhino monitoring, the management of Lewa’s entry points and radio communication.

    He walked 100 kilometres to Lewa when he was 18 because his dream was to have a job protecting wildlife.

    Twenty five years later, John Pameri is Head of General Security with the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. 

    Find out more about John by taking a look at this video below.


    A big thank you to John, his rangers and everyone at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy for all you do to protect wildlife and to bring peace and stability to the regions you work in. 

    Lewa sees a future where everyoneo in Kenya values, protects and benefits form wildlife, so that communities can derive their day to day livelihoods in ways that are compatable with wildlife habitat.  Lewa invests in programmes such as  education, water, health care, micro-enterprise and youth empowerment. 

    And it constantly adapts to changing threats to the wildlife there, posed by poaching activities.

    The rangers are passionate about wildlife and conservation.  You can help by donating to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy here.

     

  3. Send a thank you note!

    Do you ever hear about the incredibly brave work wildlife rangers do on the front lines to protect the beautiful wildlife we all love to much?

    The job of a wildlife ranger is becoming increasingly dangerous – the African Wildlife Foundation says that they must be prepared to act in a number of roles:

    • A solder
    • A law enforcement officer
    • A community liaison
    • A naturalist
    • A medic

    Even whilst the COVID-19 pandemic has been going on, they have been working to protect the species, landscapes and communities in Africa.

    Please thank the wildlife rangers hereImage copyright African Wildlife Foundation

    They undertake rigorous training and face difficult conditions as they work – and they are vital in investigating wildlife crimes.   Both poachers and the very wildlife rangers are trying to protect can be dangerous and deadly.  On 18 July, the African Wildlife Foundation reported that two rangers from the Kenyan Wildlife Service had been killed by suspected poachers.

    The hours are long and rangers may not see their families for a long time.  Communications can be very limited which means access to urgent help can be difficult or even impossible to come by.

    So the African Wildlife Foundation is giving us all a wonderful opportunity to thank these rangers – we can send them a note in time for World Ranger Day on 31 July!

    Please take a moment to thank wildlife rangers.  

    Say Thank You here

     

     

     

  4. The WWF Malaysia and Maybank are celebrating tigers from 29 July to 31 August 2020. 

    They are kicking the event off on Global Tiger Day (29th July) and finishes on Merdeka Day and the idea is to get us all to #KeepRoaring for the Malayan tiger.


    There are now fewer 200 Malayan tigers left.  And as WWF Malaysia point, out, we all need healthy forests - and forests need tigers. 

    #KeepRoaring to save Malayan tigers, save our forests, and save ourselves by taking action!

    They are us all to donate, to learn about tigers, to spread the word, and to pledge to save the Malayan tiger from extinction. 

    Pledge your support to make tigers a national priority so that decisions on policy, allocation of resources, enforcement and land management favourable for tiger conservation can be made and implemented.

    PLEDGE FOR TIGERS HERE

     

  5. Bears About the House is on BBC2 again on Wednesday 22 July 2020.

    Last week, we heard about Mary, a sun bear who was rescued by bear charity Free the Bears, and Giles Clark.  She was tiny, malnourished and close to death and she needed 24 hour care.

     

    Free the Bears is on BBC2 on 15 and 22 July

    Visit Free the Bears here.
    Please donate if you can and spread the word.
    Thank you!

    Bears About the House is on BBC2 is on July 15 and 22 at 8pm!  Don’t miss it!  There are record bear rescues, the first release of rehabilitated wildlife, many sanctuary developments and some devastating losses.  

    On 22nd July, Giles and his team head out to rescue David and Jane.  They are two five month old terrified moon bear cubs who were taken from the wild.  They go home with Giles Clark to have the 24/7 care.  

    There’s more news on Mary as she graduates from the nursery into her permanent home, taking a confident and determined approach with her. 

    And there’s devastating news as the team comes to terms with a break in and a theft.  

    The quarantine building is finished and the sanctuary is able to receive bears from bear bile farms in Laos, which the government there has committed to closing once they have somewhere that the rescued bears can go.

    Don’t miss it – and if you can make a donation, please donate.

    If you’re outside the UK, the series will reach you later this year, and meantime, lots of never before seen clips of Mary will be on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube.

    Filming wasn’t easy, as BBC Earth shows….


    Visit Free the Bears here.

    Donate to Free the Bears here

    The charity is registered in Australia and in the UK.  There are a number of ways to help – just visit the website – including becoming a bear carer, sponsoring a bear, giving a gift to the bears, and a gift to bear lovers (humans) and of course donating.