Uniting To Support Africa’s Rangers
Wildlife Ranger Challenge 2022
The Wildlife Ranger Challenge provides vital funding to the frontline of conservation across Africa.
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.
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Last year, 125 ranger teams across Africa, as well as almost 1,000 public supporters from 82 countries, joined together for the 2021 Wildlife Ranger Challenge. The multimillion-dollar fundraising initiative saw rangers participate in a 21km race across the varied and challenging terrain of Africa’s Protected Areas, raising awareness of the struggles facing wildlife rangers.
Following the success of the initiative, which has raised more than $13.5m to support rangers across Africa since its inception in 2020, the need to get behind the men and women working on the front line of conservation is greater than ever.
Support a unique conservation initiative empowering and uniting wildlife rangers across Africa.
Working day and night on the front lines of wildlife conservation, they are not just law enforcement officers. Rangers are teachers, community support workers, mediators, researchers and much more. The role is only set to widen as the challenges facing conservation grow more complex, including the economic legacy of Covid-19, land use change and the climate crisis. Unfortunately, resources are not keeping pace with the scale of the challenge, threatening to compromise decades of development and conservation success across Africa. For the third year running, the Wildlife Ranger Challenge aims to tackle these growing issues. Funds raised will cover operating costs, including salaries and equipment, for at least 5,000 rangers, enabling them to provide for their families, protect communities, and defend endangered wildlife, including elephants, pangolins, rhinos, and lions in some of the continent's most vulnerable areas.