World Ranger Day is marked annually on July 31st to acknowledge and honour the hard work, passion and dedication of our rangers who spend day and night making sure our wildlife are safe and protected. World Ranger Day is also a day to commemorate and pay tribute to rangers who have lost their lives in the line of duty fighting to protect iconic and endangered species like the rhino and elephant – animals widely targeted by poachers for the illegal wildlife trade.
On the ground, the brave conservation soldiers of the Anti-Poaching Units (APU) face hot days and long, cold nights patrolling thousands of kilometres of bush, up against poaching syndicates that are armed, dangerous, highly-organised and well-equipped.
To ensure that APUs are professionally equipped and motivated for their vital role on the frontline, Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF) donates proven and tested anti-poaching equipment for APU rangers, including bullet-proof vests, first aid kits, uniforms, boots, torches, hydration backpacks, monitoring, tracking and essential field equipment.
CRF also funds effective training courses facilitated by the The Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) including guidance for rangers in correct arrest procedures, the lawful and appropriate use of force and Advanced Marksmen and Tactics for Night Operations training programmes.
Established in 2010 to protect and preserve the diminishing number of rhino in Southern Africa, CRF’s key focus is to lend our solid reputation, significant experience and vast network of resources to provide proven tools to improve stringent anti-poaching efforts that will assist Southern Africa’s Rhino custodians in protecting Rhino against poaching on the ground – where it counts!
“We rely solely on donor support. Thankfully, many people already contribute – from school children and TV presenters creating global awareness, to other NGOs, caring companies, communities and individuals who provide ongoing funding,” says Brent Cook, founder of Chipembere Rhino Foundation. “The donations and support, no matter how small, make a massive difference on the ground’’.
Happy World Ranger Day!