World Ranger Day (WDA) marked on July 31 every year, is a day to honour and thank the brave and tireless men and women who risk their lives every day on the frontline protecting wildlife. Not only do these rangers play an important role in wildlife and habitat protection, they also ensure the safety of people visiting our parks, reserves, sanctuaries, and conservatives.
The East African Wild Life Society (EAWLS) in partnership with the Embassy of Finland to Kenya, Embassy of China to Kenya, Mara Conservation Fund and Intrepid Foundation has been supporting rangers in an array of ways through its conservancy support programme since 2014. The programme focuses on building the capacities of conservancy rangers through training and provision of equipment.
In total, the programme has supported rangers from up to 20 conservancies in Maasai Mara, Amboseli, and Taita Taveta and the coastal and northern regions. The most recent beneficiaries are rangers from Ol Kinyei, Mt. Suswa and Enonkishu Conservancies.
During this Covid-19 lockdown, rangers are still on the frontlines making sure our wildlife is never left unprotected, even as parks and conservation programs struggle financially.
Join the East African Wild Life Society in sending a note of thanks to the brave individuals who put their lives on the line every day to protect the wildlife we all love. It only takes a minute.