Ranger patrolling through thick grass in North Luangwa Park, Zambia. Ranger patrolling through thick grass in North Luangwa Park, Zambia.

Credit: Tristan Vince

World Ranger Day

Rangers are the heroes of rhino conservation. They risk their own lives to protect rhinos and other endangered wildlife. On World Ranger Day, we're celebrating rangers and remembering those that have lost their lives.
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Rangers are the experts at the front line of rhino conservation. In any patrol, they will identify individual rhinos, differentiating each one through their unique characteristics, while remaining on guard and ready to respond if poachers attack. As you might imagine, such poaching incidents are extremely traumatic; not only are rangers faced with the deaths of animals they care for, but also the very real danger of confronting armed gangs whose only aim is to kill a rhino, no matter what.

With your donations, we can support rangers. In the past 12 months, we’ve been able to provide extra kit and equipment for rangers in South Africa, improve ranger housing in Kenya, and boost morale of teams so that they can continue to do their jobs effectively, despite how tough it is.

All donations on World Ranger Day this year are going towards ForRangers, an initiative set up to improve the lives of rangers wherever they work.

Ranger, North Luangwa
Three rangers on patrol with their canine coworker.

"They are the most important aspect of protecting wildlife - trusted boots on the ground – men who are prepared and trained to work long hours monitoring and protecting our wildlife. The cost of equipping and training a single front-line ranger for a year is a little over $6,000."

ForRangers initiative