THE RANGERS - FRONTLINE PROTECTION AGAINST POACHING
Protecting rhino and elephant requires large numbers of highly trained and above all, trustworthy rangers to perform these tasks. The monitoring of rhino involves skilled tracking and perseverance in thick bush. Long hours are spent amongst elephant, lion, buffalo and other dangerous animals in the pursuit of identifying and establishing the daily whereabouts and health of each individual rhino. The anti-poaching security team operates almost exclusively at night, in response to current trends of poachers. These men are on the front line and protecting these animals against heavily armed and ruthless gangs, as well as working in harsh, cold and uncomfortable conditions. Over a thousand rangers have been killed in the line of duty since 2013.
It is dangerous, tough and thankless work, and if we are to keep rhino and elephant from extinction, there is a huge need to keep the men safe and motivated, both for their welfare and for the welfare of the iconic species they risk their lives to protect. To do this the equipment, training and resources provided to them is paramount, not only to their own safety and their ability to protect wildlife, but also towards the self-worth and loyalty they feel towards the difficult task they are faced with. Their loyalty towards the conservation ideal is crucial. This is where we can really make a difference.
THE CAUSE - 'FOR RANGERS'
At Cycling For Rangers we have partnered with 'For Rangers', who work with a number of incredible oragnisations. These include African Parks, The Northern Rangelands Trust, The Mara Elephant Project, Borana Education Support Programme and others who they work with to channel funds directly into the most critical areas.
Cycling For Rangers
Protecting Africa's wildlife has become one of the most dangerous livelihoods on the planet. Two rangers die a week worldwide (International Rangers Federation) and we feel this is a story that needs to be told.
We partnered with 'For Rangers', an organisation dedicated to supporting and improving ranger welfare across Africa. They specialise in making small donations in the most critical areas. Last year, this ranged from supplying the families of fallen rangers with financial support for schooling (Garamba National Park), a vehicle to The Mara Elephant Project and supplying thermal imaging equipment to The Northern Rangelands Trust.
The trade in illegal wildlife products is estimated to be worth over $17 billion a year.
Rhino horn now rivals gold for value, at between $65,000 -$75,000 a kilo, and ivory weighs in at an astonishing $1200 per kilo.
The epidemic levels of rhino poaching in Africa has been well documented, with over 1000 rhino killed each year. The situation is even more dire for elephant, with some estimates suggesting that 100 elephant a day are being killed across Africa.
At this rate of loss, it is estimated that by 2026 there will be no rhino left in the wild. The decimation of elephants is continent wide and we are also facing extinction of this species within a generation.
On a human scale, over 1,000 rangers have been killed in the line of duty since 2003; roughly 2 rangers a week worldwide.