Years of conservation efforts are about to be lost. Wildlife Rangers across Africa are facing drastic cuts in salaries and resources, leaving their families destitute and wildlife helpless against poachers. Wildlife Ranger teams are now uniting around the Wildlife Ranger Challenge, with one goal: to raise money for the Ranger Fund to get thousands of rangers back in the field and protect iconic African wildlife such as elephants, pangolins, rhinos, and lions.
The Wildlife Ranger Challenge is a global public fundraising and awareness campaign being coordinated by Tusk Trust and NATURAL STATE and overseen by an independent Steering Committee composed of conservation leaders from across Africa. The Challenge was launched on World Ranger Day (31 July) and will end with a 21km race on 3rd October. Between the launch and the grand finale members of the public can take part in a range of activities including both mental and physical challenges.
NGOs Tusk Trust, NATURAL STATE and Global Wildlife Conservation have partnered with over 50 ranger units, the Game Rangers Association of Africa, The Thin Green Line, For Rangers, and the International Ranger Federation to launch the pan-African Wildlife Ranger Challenge. The Scheinberg Relief Fund, the Challenge’s founding donor, has committed match funding in support of rangers, with the goal of raising a total of $10 million and getting thousands of rangers back to full capacity.
Photo credit: Martin Buzora