Conservation and Wildlife Fund - Wildlife Ranger Challenge 2023

Conservation and Wildlife Fund is taking on the Wildlife Ranger Challenge to raise awareness of the vital role our 15 rangers play in protecting Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, and supporting an estimated 75 livelihoods.

Hwange National Park – Zimbabwe

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Target: $10,000
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Rangers are Africa’s unsung heroes. They hold diverse roles as conservationists, teachers, community support workers, leaders and much more.

The Wildlife Ranger Challenge, organised by Tusk, is a celebration of solidarity, connection and camaraderie for the ranger profession. Culminating on 16th September 2023, the campaign raises vital funds for Africa's biodiversity guardians.

The Conservation and Wildlife Fund's project area is on the eastern edge of Hwange National Park and in the state-owned forests and privately-owned Gwayi Farms which border it. The wild animals and their habitat are under threat by unsustainable hunting practices and illegal logging. Our focus is on law enforcement and working with the local communities to help both wildlife and people to thrive.

The CWF Rangers operate out of base camps, usually within the forests, from where they patrol. On their patrols the scouts collect snares, inform people whose livestock are found within the protected areas that they are trespassing and send them out; and look for signs of poaching of animals and timber.

The money raised from WRC so far has significantly helped towards wages, uniforms, food packs and equipment for our Rangers; fuel; and the erection of a new radio tower for improved communications between base and the APU patrols.

Money raised in the WRC challenge in 2023 will go towards uniforms, equipment, food packs and wages for the Rangers and fuel for and maintenance costs of our two land cruisers.

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Support a unique conservation initiative empowering and uniting wildlife rangers across Africa.

Apr 27, 2023, 1:33:51 PM

Wildlife rangers operate on the very frontline of conservation across Africa, routinely making personal sacrifices to put their lives on the line to protect the continent’s magnificent wildlife and habitats. Yet they are so much more than just law enforcement officers: rangers are teachers, community support workers, mediators, researchers and so much more. Unfortunately, resources are not keeping pace with the scale of the challenges they are trying to tackle. For the fourth year running, the Wildlife Ranger Challenge sets out to redress this, by raising critical funding to cover operating costs, including salaries and equipment, for over 10,000 rangers. This will help them protect threatened wildlife and some of the continent's most vulnerable areas, while also protecting communities and securing coexistence with wildlife, as well as providing for their own families.

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