Ranger Project was established to ensure that our game rangers had access to medical funds and support should they be injured in the line of duty.
Africa (10 July 2020) – The Ranger Project sees the great importance of Game Rangers across Africa. To ensure the game rangers are supported in their line of work, the Ranger Project set up a fund that assists rangers should they be injured in their line of duty.
The project has a massive reach, protecting rangers in South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mozambique, Angola, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda with further territories being explored. Not only does it assist the rangers themselves, but also the families of any ranger that loses his or her life while protecting the continent’s wildlife.
“Our aim is to raise financial support to ensure the wellbeing of Africa’s rangers and their families through the provision of adequate insurance cover in the event of injury or death. Rangers play a crucial role in ensuring healthy ecosystems that provide tangible and intangible benefits to all of society. We endeavour to make the rangers of Africa safer and provide them with the necessary protection they need to comfortably and confidently perform their duties in the field.”
According to the Ranger Project, rangers across the world are subject to an increased risk of life-threatening encounters. Poaching is a growing problem across the globe but that is a mere tip of the iceberg!
“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. Over 1000 rangers have lost their lives in the line of duty in the past 10 years.
A WWF study, focusing on rangers employed by governments across the world, found that Africa’s rangers were the worst off when it came to insurance support received. 40% of those surveyed were not covered by health insurance, 50% had no life insurance and 60% had no long-term disability insurance.”
By establishing a fund dedicated to rangers; they are offered a peace of mind and are able to confidently perform their duties in the field.
“With RangerProtect we hope to restore 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 work. Your support is needed to ensure this product is rolled out across as many of the estimated 40 000 plus rangers working in Africa.
To benefit conservation efforts, do the right thing and act now to support rangers.
The cost of each Ranger is as follows:
- #RangerProtect Premium – ZAR 336
- GRAA Field Ranger Membership – ZAR 95
TOTAL Cost per year: R431.00″
You can support the cause via their BackaBuddy fund here. You will also be able to see how the RangerProject has changed lives via Facebook.
The most recent success was Zimbabwean ranger Charles Chinobva. He had a close encounter with a Black Rhino and needed medical attention to treat a punctured lung and quite a few broken bones. You can read his harrowing encounter here.
“July is #WorldRangerMonth and for less than R2 per day you can ensure the wellbeing of Africa’s rangers and their families is improved through the provision of adequate insurance cover in the event of injury or death. For R431, a ranger gets 24/7 death and disability cover for an entire year. This ensures them and their families have peace of mind when they step out into the bush to protect Africa’s heritage. They protect our wildlife, but who protects them? Sponsor a ranger here” – Ranger Project