World Ranger Day 2015
World Ranger Day commemorates rangers killed or injured in the line of duty, and celebrates the work rangers do to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures. World Ranger Day is observed annually on the 31st of July, and is promoted by the 63 member associations of the International Ranger Federation (IRF), by the IRF partner the Thin Green Line Foundation, and by individuals who support the work of rangers and the IRF. The first World Ranger Day was observed in 2007 on the 15th anniversary of the founding of the IRF.
In South Africa, game rangers stand up to poachers almost daily as they battle to end the decimation of wildlife species, ranging from the poaching of rhino and abalone to the illegal removal of plants such as cycads and Proteas.
The commemoration of rangers is the brainchild of the International Rangers Federation(IRF). It is promoted by the 54 member associations of the IRF, by its partner the Thin Green Line Foundation, and by individuals who support the work of Rangers and the IRF.
The first World Ranger Day was observed in 2007 on the 15th anniversary of the founding of the IRF. Game Rangers’ Association of Africa (GRAA) The GRAA (member association of the IRF) is a longstanding and well-established defined community of practice.The GRAA provides support, networks and representation for game rangers across Africa.
DEA and SANParks partner annually to commemorate World Ranger Day. While steps are being taken to find a permanent home for World Ranger Day, the responsibility presently resides with SANParks as the employer of most rangers in South Africa. DEA provides support at Ministerial and Communications level.
World Ranger Day 2015 is being held at the Marakele National Park and will focus on the work of rangers in combating rhino crime – those working in national parks and game reserves who are at the coalface of the daily battle against poachers.
The Marakele National Park accommodates rhino translocated from the Kruger National Park as part of the integrated strategic management of rhinoceros, and is home to rhino orphans that have survived poaching incidents and have been rehabilitated and released back into the wild.
2014 commemoration: Deputy Minister Ms Barbara Thomson unveils Ranger Monument at Kruger National Park
“As government we need to boost the morale of rangers by showing them their battle against poachers and other environmental crimes are not in vain. We want to tell you that we understand and fully appreciate that rhino poaching goes much deeper than mere physical security...
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