The Game Rangers' Association of Africa (GRAA) is a non-profit organisation which was founded in 1970 as a properly constituted association. The GRAA is a well-established defined community of practice which provides support, networks and representation for game rangers across Africa. The GRAA is a proud member of the International Ranger Federation (IRF) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Over 1500 members have joined the GRAA since 1970, representing more than 20 countries. Our members are from a variety of disciplines operating at the coalface of African conservation on a daily basis.
The GRAA believes that the continued future existence of Africa’s wilderness and its wildlife is ultimately and irrevocably liked to the expertise, ethics and motivation of those tasked with the “on the ground” protection and management of this priceless asset. This involves inter alia the conservation of the natural heritage, and the promotion of sustainable utilization of natural resources, ecotourism, community involvement and environmental education. The Ranger in Africa has many real needs, but without real support and relevant training the Ranger will fail, and Africa’s priceless natural and cultural heritage will be lost forever.
During the Third World Congress of the International Ranger Federation (IRF) held during September 2000 in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, a Memorandum of African Continental Understanding was signed by all of the African delegates present. This Protocol acknowledges the GRAA as the voice of the Ranger in Africa, and binds the signatories into forming national associations within their own countries. These newly formed national associations will be affiliated to the GRAA.
Namibia and Zambia were the first countries to form fully operational national associations of the GRAA and we trust our representatives in other African countries will follow suit.