The days of being a ranger purely because of their love of the bush and a passion for wildlife are long gone. Today, rangers fight a different battle and have to contend with armed poachers who will stop at nothing to achieve their goal, whether that be dehorning a rhino or shooting an elephant for its magnificent tusks.
As you may have read in our ranger article, each year many rangers in Africa lose their lives fighting this battle. Rangers are under immense pressure on a daily basis, and even when they are not on duty, protecting our biodiversity is constantly on their minds.
To ease the pressure, Safari News and the Community Conservation Fund Africa (CCFA) are launching the Back a Ranger campaign under the banner of backabuddy.co.za. With your help, we can raise funds to assist our rangers, even in the smallest of ways. Without support, the stress linked to their fight can become extreme.
We might not be equipped to do their jobs, but let’s not sit back and expect our rangers to fight the battle on their own.
At work, rangers are not really rewarded for achievements such as arresting poachers, but they might need items such as solar panels, a bursary for the children or even a study area at home.
With your assistance, we can help to support a family in the event of injury or death. When rangers are wounded in the line of duty, medical aid or insurance policies might not cover their entire recovery period. While rangers are in hospital, it can often be difficult for their families to visit or afford the guest house fees and flights. We can also offer emotional support by assisting families when rangers lose their lives in the line of duty. Or there might be a shortage of funds until insurances pay out, which could be the difference between a family coping or going hungry.
Rangers need time out and relaxation too. Although they can visit other parks as a service benefit during holidays, activities like enjoying a meal at a restaurant, a Christmas shopping trip or taking their kids to a theme park are rarer. At work, rangers are not really rewarded for achievements such as arresting poachers, but they might need items such as solar panels, a bursary for the children or even a study area at home.
Safari News will launch specific projects over the next few months, but this is your opportunity to rally behind Africa’s rangers right now. Simply visit www.safarinews.org to Back a Ranger today. Alternatively, visit BackaBuddy to make a difference today.
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