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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. 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.



  4. 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.  



  5. Adopt Max the Bear!

    International Animal Rescue have just launched their first brown bear adoption.

    Wild bears are caught illegally every year – or they are trapped by poachers and they end up in small cages in restaurants and other venues across Armenia for so called public entertainment.

    The bears are mentally and physically damaged by this existence – they are bored and frustrated; they have hardly any space to move around in.  Their food is unsuitable and insufficient; and they have no enrichment to amuse them.  They have no dignity and certainly no freedom.

    Enter International Animal Rescue.  They launched a campaign in October 2017 alongside their Armenian partners to help save the suffering bears of Armenia and make a difference to bears who’ve been rescued.  

    The bear centre rescue is run by their partners FPWC and it’s situated high in the mountains of Armenia.  The bears have the very highest standards of care, there – they have enrichment activities and can spend their days splashing about in pools and tucking into their favourite treats.  Of course, they want to return as many bears as they can to the wild – but sometimes that isn’t just possible and in those cases, they look after the bears for life.

     International Animal Rescue rescued Max in 2018.  He’s been locked up for 14 years – can you imagine?  He was in a tiny cage at a bus depot with his companion Minnie.

    Normally, International Animal Rescue rescue Syrian brown bears, found in the wild in Armenia.

    Max however is a male Siberian brown bear.  He’s half a ton in weight, so he’s the biggest bear International Animal Rescue have seen.

    Max will never be able to go back into the wild.  He’s had too many years in captivity and he’s a non-native species of bear in Armenia.

    But International Animal Rescue have committed to look after Max and ensure his days are full of treats, love and naps!

    You can help Max (and his friends) by adopting him to support his ongoing care from 14p a day.

    Adopt Max the Bear

    Your adoption will help in several ways:

    • Pay for the lifetime care of Max and other bears like him
    • Provide veterinary care to nurse bears back to health
    • Maintain a peaceful and safe environment for the bears at our sanctuary
    • Reintroduce bears back to the wild where possible

    Visit International Animal rescue here to adopt Max today, and be a part of the effort to care for these bears!

    Adopt Max today