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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.

Political instability and conflict have led to 57 of these violent deaths taking place in the Democratic Republic of Congo alone. Together with Kenya (30), Nigeria (15), Cameroon (10), Uganda (10), Mali (8) and South Africa (8), these seven countries account for almost 80% of all recorded ranger murders. Unfortunately, many more are unreported.

Rangers have been trampled, gored and attacked by dangerous wild animals that they seek to protect or have died as a result of preventable diseases often as a result of inadequate medical support. They have also been killed in avoidable situations such as accidental shootings or drownings. They have died in plane, car and motorcycle accidents.

Sadly, when one looks at the risks rangers are facing in Africa, it becomes clear that not enough is being doing to support them. In far too many places they work without sufficient equipment, without adequate skills training, with poor facilities and rely on scant resources. These are the men and women who serve and protect our remaining wild places where the remnants of Africa's natural heritage can be found. They deserve so much more.
They require support from their employers and from governments, politicians, law enforcement agencies and judicial systems. They require support from industries that rely on the existence of protected, conservation and natural areas such as tourism, hunting and the ever-growing environmental NGO sector. They require support from communities, industries and the public who benefit from social, economic and ecosystem services provided by areas that rangers protect. Until this changes and the world unites behind rangers, the bloodshed will continue.
In the last 12 months alone at least 63 rangers from Africa have died due to work related causes. This total rises to over 107 dead rangers across the globe according to the IRF during the same period. Many ranger deaths go unreported, so the actual figure is thought to be two to three times higher.

On World Ranger Day, the 31st July 2018 we acknowledge the contribution of these courageous men and women to conservation. To some they are sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, brothers and sisters. To others they are friends, colleagues and mentors. They hail from a diverse array of countries and cultures. And yet one term unites them all – they are rangers. We will remember them.

Join us in supporting Africa's rangers and the ranger profession, by sharing this message and bringing awareness and support to our mission to benefit Africa's rangers by providing networks, representation and ensuring they have the necessary capability and support to perform their duties.

Please contact the GRAA on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to pledge your support and get involved.

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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.

On World Ranger Day, the 31st July 2017 we thank our rangers who continue to serve conservation with such vigour, bravery, resilience and dedication and pay tribute to our fallen comrades. We will remember them.
Working in the African bush is not for the faint-hearted. Protected areas in Africa with species such as rhino and elephant can be hostile environments where armed contacts with poachers are becoming an all too frequent occurrence. Rangers work uninterrupted for long periods under these harsh conditions with little reward or recognition.Biodiversity and thriving ecosystems provide both tangible and intangible benefits to society and rangers play a crucial role in ensuring healthy ecosystems. It is therefore of great importance that rangers receive all the support necessary to perform their duties.


In 2016 a World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) study , focusing on rangers employed by governments across the world, reported that rangers are not getting this necessary support. In Africa, 40% of those surveyed were not covered by health insurance, 50% had no life insurance and 60% had no long-term disability insurance. As a continent, it was found that Africa's rangers were the worst off.


The difficult and often dangerous working conditions of rangers impacts on their morale. The life-threatening risks faced by rangers are among the range of work stressors that negatively impact on their well-being. Society cannot afford to lose rangers from protected areas. It is therefore essential to ensure rangers receive the necessary support and protection to prevent job dissatisfaction and a negative impact on morale.


The Game Rangers' Association of Africa (GRAA) endeavours to make the rangers of Africa safer and provide them with the necessary protection they need to competently and confidently perform their duties in the field. The GRAA has recently launched the Safe Ranger Project alongside Medwise Safety Services which trains rangers in the necessary practical skills needed to perform remote area first aid. This project recognises that if a ranger is wounded in the line of duty, it is often the minutes immediately after the incident that are most important. Knowing how to stabilise a trauma emergency can save a person's life.


The GRAA also recognises that for rangers to confidently perform their duties in the field, they need adequate insurance protection, knowing that if they are wounded or killed in the line of duty that they or their families will receive adequate support. There is a concern that under current circumstances, we cannot afford rangers to have this important issue neglected. It could reduce their focus and impact on decision-making which can put themselves, their team and wildlife at risk.


With this in mind, the GRAA as part of its Ranger Wellbeing Programme, has partnered with SATIB Insurance Brokers to create a unique product for rangers across Africa, offering insurance cover 24/7, even when rangers are off duty. The product can serve as a primary or additional source of death and disability cover to rangers. Sharing similar views for the conservation of Africa's wildlife, the GRAA was confident to partner with SATIB, who has been an industry leader for the past 25 years.


We cannot guarantee the work of rangers will become less dangerous, but with this new GRAA SATIB Ranger Insurance product we hope to add to rangers' confidence and morale, providing them with the necessary protection to ensure they and their families are looked after, should something happen to them whilst performing their noble work.


Our initial target is to ensure that 1000 rangers are covered by this product in the coming months which is immediately available to provide cover for rangers from Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Further territories are currently being explored.
For as little as US$30* / annum you can ensure cover of approximately $ 20 000 to ranger's families should they be killed in the line of duty during an anti-poaching activity. We call on employers, non-government organisations and individuals to support rangers by sponsoring their premiums.


Please contact the GRAA on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +27 (0) 721235384 to pledge your support.

*Terms and conditions apply. Prices and benefits subject to change.

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.

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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

RHINO CONSERVATION AWARDS: WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The heroic actions of those that fight for the conservation of the rhino were recently acknowledged, celebrated and rewarded at the Rhino Conservation Awards. The gala-dinner Awards ceremony was held on the 27th of July at the Montecasino Ballroom and was well attended. His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, Patron of the Awards, delivered the keynote address at the event, congratulated the winners for their exemplary efforts and was presented with the Grand Patron Award.

Read more: RHINO CONSERVATION AWARDS: WINNERS ANNOUNCED

RHINO CONSERVATION AWARDS HONOURING RANGERS ON THE FRONTLINES

According to a recent article written by photojournalist, Scott Ramsay, rhino poaching in South Africa is at record levels, with more than 1 215 having been killed in 2014. The game rangers are the soldiers on the frontlines in this war against the desecration of a species, putting their lives and that of their families on the line for nature conservation.

Read more: RHINO CONSERVATION AWARDS HONOURING RANGERS ON THE FRONTLINES

RHINO CONSERVATION AWARDS 2015 NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR RHINO CONSERVATION HEROES

Nominations have now opened for the Rhino Conservation Awards 2015. Nominations are invited from all African rhino range states, in categories including; Best Field Ranger, Best Conservation Practitioner, Best Political and Judicial Support, Best Science Research and Technology, and Best Awareness, Education or Funding. The additional Special Youths category honours youngsters that have taken action against poaching.

Read more: RHINO CONSERVATION AWARDS 2015 NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN

Rhino Conservation Awards 2015 Initial Press Release: Zeiss Sponsorship

CONSUMER OPTICS GIANT SPONSORS RHINO CONSERVATION AWARDS

 Since 2012 the annual Rhino Conservation Awards have served to recognise the remarkable individuals and organisations that protect Africa's rhino population. This year, Carl Zeiss Sports Optics GmbH of the ZEISS Group has undertaken to sponsor the Awards.

Read more: Rhino Conservation Awards 2015 Initial Press Release: Zeiss Sponsorship

Statement on our Patron, Dr. Ian Player

By: The Game Rangers’ Association of Africa 01/12/2014

The Game Rangers’ Association of Africa (GRAA) mourns the loss of our beloved Patron, Dr. Ian Player. He passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on the 30th November 2014 aged 87.

Read more: Statement on our Patron, Dr. Ian Player

 

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