PICS: African Wildlife Rangers – as unique as the territories they defend


CAPE TOWN – Passionate, incorruptible and brave – these are just a few of the words to describe the guardians of Africa’s rich biodiversity, the continent’s park rangers.

The first ever African Rangers Awards held in South Africa this week cast a spotlight on these “heroes”, as they were described by United Nations Environment executive director Erik Solheim during the ceremony.

Fifty rangers were honoured for their contribution towards conservation efforts on the continent.

While it’s often a thankless, dangerous job, with the threat from brazen poachers ever-present, the rangers can’t imagine doing anything else.

According to statistics from the International Ranger Federation, which describes itself as a non-profit organisation raising awareness and supporting the critical work of…

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