African People & Wildlife - Wildlife Ranger Challenge 2022
African People & Wildlife is taking part in the Wildlife Ranger Challenge to raise awareness of the role of 11 rangers working to protect Tanzania's Tarangire National Park ecosystem, and support an estimated 110 livelihoods.
Rangers are Africa’s unsung heroes. They don’t just fight poaching - they are conservationists, teachers, community support workers, leaders and much more.
The Wildlife Ranger Challenge, organised by Tusk and culminating on 17th September, celebrates their many roles, and is raising much-needed funds to support their work.
African People & Wildlife supports a team of Community Game Scouts outside Tarangire National Park, based in Loibor Siret, who protect wildlife and critical habitat with an emphasis on big cats. The team operate in 4 zones. Randomised patrols in neighbouring villages reduce predictability.
All the scouts have formal training in Community Game Scout mandates and operating procedures, and certification in advanced first aid and CPR. They serve a critical role in the community by protecting wildlife and habitat from illegal activities, and searching for lost livestock and people; responding to human-wildlife conflict events and helping stranded animals.
Through WRC support, the Community Game Scout team was provided a dedicated vehicle and phones to track their movements and collect data. The team also expanded from 4 to 11 members, including 2 women. With these new scouts, they cover more ground, address multiple incidents simultaneously and ensure that scouts have enough rest time to protect their physical and mental health.
In 2022, support from the WRC will continue to increase the effectiveness of the Community Game Scout team by providing financial, technical and logistical resources to these dedicated rangers and conservationists.
Give today, and the Scheinberg Relief Fund will match every dollar donated, amplifying your impact. Follow campaign updates on social media with #ForWildlifeRangers
Tarangire National Park - African People & WildlifeJul 12, 2022, 8:10:13 PM
African People & Wildlife (APW) works to ensure a future where humans and wild animals thrive living side by side. APW partners with communities to create effective, sustainable solutions that improve the lives of rural Africans while protecting the natural world. Operating on the ground in Tanzania, APW establishes long-term relationships with local residents based on the respectful integration of science and tradition. APW’s strategic, holistic approach to conservation is widely applicable in landscapes where people and wildlife coexist. Founded in 2005, APW is a recognized leader in the field of community-driven conservation. For more information, visit africanpeoplewildlife.org. Image Credit: Erika Pineros