The GRAA's Ranger Wellbeing project has become a pivotal focus area of work and the GRAA is committed to making a positive impact on the wellbeing of Africa's rangers. The GRAA has aligned with leading experts in the field of emotional wellbeing to ensure necessary support systems are in place for rangers at the forefront of the current poaching epidemic.
The effects of this epidemic are not only grievous, but detrimental to rangers' wellbeing. Rangers are expected to go beyond their typical role as conservationists to become active players in guerrilla warfare, putting their lives in constant jeopardy. Rising incidents of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), acute stress disorder and burnout fatigue are just some of the effects rangers have to endure as a result of this ongoing assault on our natural heritage.
Our Ranger Wellbeing project currently supports rangers in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, who are exposed to traumatic events during their war on rhino poaching. We are extremely grateful to our project partners, StopRhinoPoaching.com for securing funding in order for this worthwhile project to continue. Funds allocated by our project partners in 2015 amounted to R150 000.