World Ranger Day 2016

Event date: 
2016-07-31 10:48

 

Introduction and background

 

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.

 

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South Africa's celebration

 

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.

On the occasion of the World Ranger Day 2016, the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, has paid homage to game rangers who have dedicated their lives to working to protect South Africa’s wildlife and natural heritage.

The Minister commended the dedication and commitment of the rangers who were placed in the difficult position of having to arrest one of their own.

 

Media related products

 

 

 

2016 commemoration: Minister Edna Molewa celebrates Game Rangers on World Ranger Day 2016

On the occasion of the World Ranger Day today, 31 July 2016, the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, has paid homage to game rangers who have dedicated their lives to working to protect South Africa’s wildlife and natural heritage. “In South Africa, our rangers are faced with a daily battle to protect our rhino – an iconic member of the Big Five, an important contributor to our economy through job creation and tourism, and a key part of our natural heritage...

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2015 commemoration: Minister Molewa pays tribute to game rangers on World Ranger Day

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, has paid tribute to game rangers working at the coalface of conservation in South Africa. “The work of a ranger is a diverse and complex one. They have and will continue to lead the way for us in conserving our country’s natural wonders in tribute to all that they do, let us follow in their footsteps, each and every one of us,” said Minister Molewa.

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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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Related links / websites / information
 

 
International Ranger Federation (IRF)   The Thin Green Line Foundation   South African National Parks   People and Parks  
               
International Ranger Federation   The Thin Green Line foundation   South African National Parks (SANParks)   People and Parks programme  

 

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