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African Ranger Declaration of Intent

At the inaugural African Ranger Congress, the African Ranger Congress Declaration of Intent was developed. This declaration of intent was drafted with inputs from over 105 rangers from 14 different African countries at the inaugural African Ranger Congress that took place at the Southern African Wildlife College in South Africa in August 2018. The event was organised and facilitated by the Game Rangers Association of Africa with endorsement from the International Ranger Federation and support from the Thin Green Line Foundation.

It can be read here.

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MEDIA RELEASE: PETER MILLS ANNOUNCED AS NEW GRAA CHAIRMAN

Rangers in attendance at the 48th Annual General Meeting of the Game Rangers Association of Africa will have noted that after a wonderful six years at the helm of our organisation, Chris Galliers has stepped down as GRAA Chairman. This was due to him having served as Chairman for three consecutive terms of two years. The GRAA constitution mandates that after six years in the position, a Chairperson should step down and can't be considered for the role for a period of at least two years.

The GRAA would like to thank Chris for his dedication to Africa's rangers and our organisation. As a leader he has guided us through a transitional period that has resulted in the GRAA being truly positioned as a vibrant and relevant pan African ranger association. Chris, on behalf of our members and indeed all African rangers, we thank you for your service! Encouragingly Chris will continue to serve rangers by remaining in his position as International Ranger Federation - Africa Representative and will continue to work on our executive committee having been duly elected by members.

Chris Galliers

Chris Galliers, outgoing GRAA Chairman

Marius Fuls, Peter Mills and Ruben De Kock will join Chris Galliers and Eric Madamalala on the executive committee alongside regional representatives Muterian Ntanin (East Africa), Koutoua Benoit Amon (West Africa) and Pepin Magamamucketu (Central Africa).

Peter Mills has been elected by the executive committee as the new Chairman of the GRAA. Peter has served on the committee for the last four years and has been intricately involved with guiding our strategic direction alongside the other committee members.

Peter Mills

Peter Mills, incoming GRAA Chairman

Peter's illustrious career in conservation began in 1982 as a ranger at Doorndraai Dam Nature Reserve. He worked at Mogal Dam, Percy Fyfe Nature Reserve and Nylsvley before accepting a post in scientific services at Head Office in Pretoria. During his tenure in Pretoria he was responsible for Environmental Education policy and planning for the then Transvaal Department of Nature Conservation.

After 1994, and in the new Gauteng Department of Nature Conservation, his responsibilities as Assistant Director changed to project management that included land acquisition, land reform and infrastructure development. During this period, he established Leeufontein Nature Reserve, purchased land for the expansion of Suikerbosrand and was responsible for all infrastructure upgrades in the conservation areas of the Province. In 2003 he was appointed as Deputy Director responsible for all environmental matters at Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.

Having studied extensively during his career Peter holds a Masters Degree in Wildlife Management from Pretoria University. Currently he lectures on a part-time basis at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and the South African Wildlife College. He is also the Chairperson of the TUT Conservation Advisory Board and a committee member of the SAHGCA Conservation Advisory Board. He is the elected GRAA IUCN representative and participates in that capacity both locally and regionally. He is well known to the international ranger community having attended and participated in multiple World Ranger Congresses.

Peter's passion for the outdoors, fishing and wildlife is profound. He brings great experience to the role of Chairman having been active in conservation circles for 36 years. Peter is married to Lorraine who is a dedicated conservationist in her own right and works for the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development as a botanist.

Peter's objective as Chairman is to be part of a team that will build the GRAA into an organisation that will make a significant and positive impact on wildlife conservation in Africa. He believes that the association must remain relevant to our members as well as to all people and organisations involved in African conservation.

Welcome Peter! We wish you every success as Chairman of the GRAA!

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For more information please contact GRAA Chief Executive Officer:

Andrew Campbell

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UNSUNG HEROES RECOGNIZED AT RHINO CONSERVATION AWARDS 2018

DESERVING WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Johannesburg, 25 August 2018: At a formal ceremony in Johannesburg last night, hosted by the Game Rangers' Association of Africa, The Department of Environmental Affairs, Carl Zeiss AG and China New Enterprises Inc, the winners of the 2018 Rhino Conservation Awards were announced.

The awards are hosted under the patronage of His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco, who delivered a video message commending all of the nominees for their contribution to the struggle. Dignitaries that attended included representatives from the embassies of Canada, France, Malawi, Taiwan, United Kingdom and rangers from across 14 different African countries.

The Rhino Conservation Awards has been a tradition in South Africa since its inception in 2011. Conservation practitioners have come to work towards this remarkable recognition, as hundreds of nominations are received every year.

The 2018 awards were awarded as follows:

SPECIAL AWARD FOR ENDANGERED SPECIES CONSERVATION

1. André Botha
2. Amos Gwema (Zimbabwe)
3. Ghislain Somba Alhadji – (DRC)

POLITICAL, INVESTIGATIVE & JUDICIAL SUPPORT

1. SANParks Environmental Crime Investigators (ECI)
2. Bhiza Herman Dlamini (Swaziland)

RHINO CONSERVATION SUPPORTER

1. Sam Taylor and Pete Newland (Kenya)
2. Bruce McDonald
3. Marianne de Kock

FIELD RANGER

1. Frans Nhlongo
2. Derek Maluleke
3. Mpho (Poster) Malongwa (Botswana)
3. Benny Jealous Ngobeni

CONSERVATION PRACTITIONER

1. Anti-Poaching Tracking Specialists & the Special Species Protection Unit (Zimbabwe)
2. Marius Snyders
3. &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

Founder of the Rhino Conservation Awards, Dr Larry Hansen explained: "The Rhino Conservation Awards has generated interest across Africa as these prestigious awards recognize both the tenacity of those on the ground, and the innovations and new approaches employed by those involved in significant aspects of this struggle."

"It is my deepest hope that this recognition encourages both the winners and nominees to continue the remarkable work that is being done to save the rhino across the continent," said Andrew Campbell, Game Rangers' Association of Africa Chief Executive Officer.

The Rhino Conservation Awards is sponsored by Zeiss and China New Enterprises Inc.

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For more information, kindly contact:

Jenny Griesel
Jenny Griesel Communications
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WRD 2018: MOBILISING SUPPORT FOR AFRICAS RANGERS

According to International Ranger Federation (IRF) records since 2012, over 269 rangers have died protecting Africa's wildlife and wild places. At least 176 of these brave rangers have been gunned down by militia groups, unknown assailants or armed poachers working for multinational wildlife crime syndicates. These deaths are the result of brutal competition to illegally plunder the rich natural resources of Africa whether they be minerals, timber or wildlife products such as ivory, rhino horn and bush meat.

Read more: WRD 2018: MOBILISING SUPPORT FOR AFRICAS RANGERS

MEDIA STATEMENT: A SOLUTIONS BASED APPROACH TO SUPPORTING AFRICAS RANGERS ON WORLD RANGER DAY

Rangers across the world are subject to an increasing risk of confronting life threatening encounters. They operate in extreme environments, and in their efforts to protect our natural heritage, face the risks associated with dangerous wild animals, sickness, community backlash, and the increasing threat of armed poachers and militia groups. At least 55 rangers from Africa have been killed in the last 12 months alone. Sadly, this total rises to over 105 dead rangers across the globe according to the International Ranger Federation during the same period.

Read more: MEDIA STATEMENT: A SOLUTIONS BASED APPROACH TO SUPPORTING AFRICAS RANGERS ON WORLD RANGER DAY

MEDIA STATEMENT: THE USE OF MILITARY AND SECURITY PERSONNEL AND TACTICS IN THE TRAINING OF AFRICAS RANGERS

There has been a surge in rhino and elephant poaching across Africa in recent years as a result of well organised poaching syndicates targeting high value species for their own economic gains. Threat levels have thus escalated and Africa's rangers are involved in armed skirmishes on a daily basis. There is a dire need for increased support of Africa's rangers to ensure they can carry out their work to continue to protect our continent's wild animals and their iconic habitats.

Read more: MEDIA STATEMENT: THE USE OF MILITARY AND SECURITY PERSONNEL AND TACTICS IN THE TRAINING OF AFRICAS...

MEDIA STATEMENT: RODNEY LANDELA ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED INVOLVEMENT IN RHINO POACHING

On Thursday 28th July 2016, the Game Rangers’ Association of Africa (GRAA) was made aware that Rodney Landela, a Regional Ranger in the Kruger National Park had been arrested for alleged rhino poaching related offences alongside a Veterinarian Technician in the Government’s Department of Agricultural and Forestry, Animal Health Directorate.

Read more: MEDIA STATEMENT: RODNEY LANDELA ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED INVOLVEMENT IN RHINO POACHING

RHINO CONSERVATION AWARDS 2016 WINNERS ANNOUNCED

In a recent News24 report, Environmental Affairs Minister, Edna Molewa, announced that 363 rhinos were poached in South Africa between January and April 2016. Molewa extended condolences to the family of Kruger National Park ranger, Enos Mabila, who was killed recently. She also paid tribute to SANParks ranger, Killers Ubisi, who was wounded while carrying out his duties. “It is always sad to hear of such incidents. They are a stark reminder of the severity of the threat we are facing.”

Read more: RHINO CONSERVATION AWARDS 2016 WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Media Release - Respecting World Ranger Day on 31st July 2015

Big Game Parks Swaziland Ranger on Rhino Security Patrol c Peter Chadwick-GRAARangers form the frontline in protecting our natural heritage for future generations. Their work is often dangerous, difficult, unappreciated, unrecognized, and unknown. Rangers dedicate their lives to protect what is not theirs, but ours and those to come. World Ranger Day, which is recognised by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on the 31st of July, is a chance to celebrate the wonderful work that Africa’s rangers do.

Read more: Media Release - Respecting World Ranger Day on 31st July 2015

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