World Ranger Day. Rangers serve as the first and last line of defence for the world’s wildlife against external threats. They are the foot soldiers on the ground. The law enforcement team at African Parks comprises 1,000 rangers on their anti-poaching squad. These rangers are the most important and fundamental element for the long-term viability of any park. Their rangers frequently serve as the sole source of security and stability for entire regions, not just the parks. Beyond park boundaries, their presence and activities are re-establishing security and safe spaces for people and animals.
The 31 July marks World Ranger Day. Established by the International Rangers Federation (IRF) the day honours rangers who have died while performing their duties and those who devote their lives to environmental preservation.
Rangers protect and conserve natural and cultural resources, including national parks, wildlife reserves, and other protected areas.
World Ranger Day also serves as a memorial for rangers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. These deaths highlight the risks and challenges rangers face day-to-day in their efforts to safeguard biodiversity and preserve ecosystems. Many rangers work under difficult and dangerous conditions, facing threats from poachers, illegal loggers, and other criminals who exploit natural resources for profit.