CrocValley Updates June 2018June 7, 2018
Around the globe, park rangers are on the front line in the fight to protect our natural heritage. World Ranger Day offers a chance to support their vital work, which ranges from environmental campaigning to education. The day is also an opportunity to pay tribute to rangers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
According to International Ranger Federation (IRF) records, since 2012 over 269 rangers have died protecting Africa’s wildlife and wild places. At least 176 of these brave rangers have been gunned down by militia groups, unknown assailants or armed poachers working for multinational wildlife crime syndicates. These deaths are the result of brutal competition to illegally plunder the rich natural resources of Africa whether they be minerals, timber or wildlife products such as ivory, rhino horn and bush meat.
and Conservation South Luangwa (CSL)
would like to commemorate all the rangers killed or injured in the line of duty, and together we hosted and celebrated all the work rangers do to protect the planet's natural treasures and cultural heritage.. To some they are sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, brothers and sisters. To others they are friends, colleagues and mentors. They hail from a diverse array of countries and cultures. And yet one term unites them all – they are rangers. We will remember them.
World Ranger day is an International Ranger Federation initiative promoted with it's charity arm, The Thin Green Foundation.